Dr. Grace M. Kuo

Medication Safety. CMM. Pharmacogenomics Education

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Grace M. Kuo, Pharm.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., FCCP, FNAP

Professor of Clinical Pharmacy 
Family Medicine and Public Health 
Associate Dean for Strategic Planning and Program Development 
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

(858) 822-7751
Research Summary

Dr. Kuo and her team conduct research projects to:

  • Evaluate medication safety practices at the system, provider, and patient levels;
  • Design, implement, and evaluate medication management services provided by pharmacists and through pharmacist-physician collaboration;
  • Compile and evaluate dissemination of pharmacogenomics education materials (PharmGenEd program);
  • Identify best practices, tools and resources for pharmacist-provided services (SDPharmNet program).
Academic Achievements


B.S. in Psychobiology (1985) UCLA; B.S. in Pharmacy (1988) Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences; Pharm.D. (1998) OSU College of Pharmacy and OHSU School of Medicine; Specialized Residency in Primary Care (1998-1999) NIH Clinical Center; M.P.H. in Health Education and Health Promotion (2005) UTHS-Houston School of Public Health; Ph.D. in Management and Policy Sciences (2011) UTHS-Houston School of Public Health. 

Awards and Honors:

TSHP Lewis S. Smith Pharmacy Practitioner Award (2002); ASHP Foundation Literature Award for Innovation in Pharmacy Practice in Health Systems (2005); AHRQ Mentored Clinical Scientist Career Development Award (2005-2010); ACCP- Southern California Chapter Research Award (2010); Member of Delta Omega National Honorary Society in Public Health (2011); ACCP Fellow (2011); Asian Heritage Award in health and Medicine (2012). Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow of the National Academy of Practices (2017).

Leadership Experience:

Program Director of SPUR-Net; (2001-2007); Director of SDPharmNet; (2008-present); Program Director of PharmGenEd (2009-present); Director of ACCP PBRN (2009-2010); Council of Chairs (2013-present); Chair of UCSD AHPEC Committee (2013-2014); ACCP Research Institute Board of Trustees (2015-present).  

  • Pharmacy Informatics (SPPS 205)
  • Clinical Research Design and Applications (SPPS 208)
  • Pharmacogenomics (SPPS 219)
  • Family Medicine APPE
  • Medical Errors/Safety Culture (SOM)
  • Pharmacogenomics Concepts and Clinical Applications (SOM MOSD240)
Key Contributions
  • Improved medication safety through practice-based translational research.
  • Established physician and pharmacist collaborative practice for medication therapy management with reimbursement models in ambulatory care clinics.
  • Disseminated pharmacogenomics information to clinicians and students.
  • Pioneered formation of regional and national practice- based research networks for pharmacists and physicians.
Selected Publications

(from >60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters)