Dr. Charles Daniels

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Charles E. Daniels, BS Pharm, Ph.D.

Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Associate Dean for Professional Practice and Chief Pharmacy Officer
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

(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 team 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


B.S. 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:

  • Elected to Membership in the ASHP Foundation Visiting Leaders Faculty, 2017
  • Founding member of the ASHP International Pharmacy Residency Accreditation Council, 2017
  • America’s Essential Hospitals 340B Committee, 2017-18
  • Pharmacy Forecast Advisory Committee, 2018
  • Testimony to the United States Congress on 340B Drug Pricing, 2018
  • American Hospital Association Task Force on 340B Drug Pricing, 2018
  • Invited Speaker to Dubai International Pharmacy and Technology Conference, 2019

Leadership Experience:

Associate Dean of Professional Practice at the UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Chief Pharmacy Officer at UC San Diego Health since 2004; Chief of Pharmacy NIH Clinical Center 1995-2004; Director of Graduate Studies in Hospital Pharmacy, University of Minnesota. 

  • Management rotations for pharmacy residents and students
  • NIH Principles of Clinical Pharmacology course
  • Lectures in Pharmacy Health Policy
Key Contributions
  • Application of pharmacoeconomic benchmarking to improve quality and reduce costs.
  • International leader in post-Pharm.D. residency training. Serves on international pharmacy residency accreditation teams. Currently a member of the International Pharmacy Residency Accreditation Commission.
  • 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 and Internal Medicine.
  • 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.
  • Chief Pharmacy Officer oversees pharmacy services at the UC San Diego Health System, including impatient, clinic, ambulatory, specialty medications, and home and infusion IV services. Recent initiatives include development of pharmacy transitions of care programs to improve outcomes and reduce costs.
Selected Publications

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Potential Collaborative Programs
  • Applied pharmacoeconomics, formulary management, medication use quality and safety, health care technology assessment.