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Dr. Charles Daniels

Clinical Pharmacy, Safe Medication Use Systems, Pharmacy Technology

Charles E. Daniels

Charles E. Daniels, Ph.D.

Professor and Associate Dean for Professional Practice
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of California, San Diego


(858) 822-6626

Research Summary

Dr. Daniels' research focus has been in pharmacoeconomics, safe medication systems, medication use quality, and quality pharmacy patient care. Recent work has evaluated the role of technologies in medication error reduction and patient-pharmacist interaction. His group is also examining use of multihospital data in the drug costs and improved outcomes. Dr. Daniels is a founding member of the Steering Committee for the Pharmacoeconomics Forum at UC San Diego.

Academic Achievements

Education: B.S. in Pharmacy, 1975 Univ. of Arizona; M.S. 1978 Univ. of Minnesota; Ph.D. in Social and Administrative Pharmacy 1981 Univ. of Minnesota; Pharmacy Resident 1976 NIH Clinical Center.

Awards and Honors: Foreign Correspondent of the Academie Nationale d'Pharmacie (France) 2011; NIH Clinical Center Director's Award 1999 & 2003; Recognition as one of the 50 Most Influential Pharmacists (1999); Health-System Pharmacy Management Award for Chemotherapy Errors Prevention Task Force 2000; ASHP Fellow 1993.

Leadership Experience: Leadership Experience: Associate Dean and Pharmacist-In-Chief at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy, UC San Diego since 2004 Chief of Pharmacy NIH Clinical Center 1995-2004; Director of Graduate Studies in Hospital Pharmacy, Univ. of Minnesota.


  • Management rotations for pharmacy residents and students (SPPS 427MC)
  • NIH Principles of Clinical Pharmacology course, Health Systems course for pharmacy students (SPPS 207)

Key Contributions to Pharmaceutical Science

  • Application of pharmacoeconomic benchmarking to improve quality and reduce costs.
  • Internationational leader in post-Pharm.D. residency training. Served on first international pharmacy residency accreditation team.
  • Former Chair of the pharmacy residency accreditation body Commission on Credentialing.
  • Led the development of advanced (PGY2) specialized residency training in several areas at UCSD, most recently with new programs in Transitions of Care.
  • Expanded first year training program through development of accredited tracks in ambulatory pharmacy care for first year (PGY1) residents.
  • Analyzed impact of technology on safety in medication process.

Clinical Pharmacy Services

Pharmacist-In-Chief at the UC San Diego Health System, including inpatient, clinic, ambulatory, and home IV services. Recent initiatives include development of pharmacy transitions of care programs to improve outcomes and reduce costs.

Selected Recent Publications

Helmons PJ et al. (2012). Effects of a direct refill program for automated dispensing cabinets on medication-refill errors. Am J Health-Syst Pharm. 69:1659-64.

Daniels CE et al. (2013). Survey of institutions with multiple pharmacy residency programs. Am J Health-Syst Pharm. 70:431-434.

Daniels CE. (2013). Hospitals and Health Care Institutions. Pharmacy and the U.S. Health Care System. Smith, Wertheimer, Fincham Editors, Fourth edition (with S. VanOsdol).

Daniels, CE. (2013) International Residency Training Opportunities. Roadmap for Postgraduate Training in Pharmacy (Bookstaver, Smith, Miller, et al, Editors), McGraw-Hill.

Potential Collaboration Programs with Pharmaceutical Industry

  • Applied pharmacoeconomics, formulary management, medication use quality and safety, safe medication practice, health care technology assessment.