Alumnus David Lee teaches beginning students

lee.jpgDavid Lee likes change. That’s why he chose pharmacy as a profession.

“Pharmacy’s one of the few professions that’s always changing,” he says with a smile. “As a pharmacist you’ve got to know your drugs or you’re just not doing your job.”

The 1977 COP graduate is a clinical instructor who teaches first-year pharmacy students. Along with teaching them pharmacy law and the top 200 drugs prescribed in the U.S. in his two-semester pharmaceutical calculations and pharmacy practice lab and lecture course, he says, “I share with them day-to-day experiences.”

Lee used to work in retail pharmacy. When he’s not teaching at UA, he now works at University Medical Center’s hospital and Kindred Hospital in Tucson. At UMC he prepares medicine for patients who require IV medication at home. At Kindred Hospital he cares for chronically ill respiratory patients, monitors medicine and fills medicine bins.

If he hadn’t become a pharmacist, he would have become a physician—either a general practitioner or a pediatrician.

“Pharmacy school’s so cool,” he says. “You’re there for four years and then you’re working.”

The Tucson native loves UA and has been at COP for 26 years. He says the best thing about UA is getting a discount on sports tickets.

“I enjoy U of A sports,” he says. “I enjoy football, win or lose. I enjoy basketball, win or lose. I just love college sports.”

David Lee was awarded the University of Arizona Asian American Faculty, Staff and Alumni Association's Outstanding Faculty and Staff Award in 2006. His fashion original lab coat is a gift from a Class of 2007 PharmD student, and the perfect expression of Lee's love of all things red, blue and Wildcat.