Alumni Spotlights

In her memoir From Watts to the World: A Chronicle of Service, Rosalyn Cain King, PharmD ’76, shares highlights from a 58-year career that began as a pharmacist at Watts Health Center in Los Angeles.
When Donna Keissami, PharmD ’08, published "Maddie Visits the Pharmacist," she fulfilled a lifelong dream of writing a children’s book. Here, she talks about how the book helps children understand prescribed medications and encourages students to use their pharmacy knowledge to "branch out" within the field.
Meet Vlada Manzur, PharmD '13, who helped establish a first-of-its-kind community-based pain medication management clinic during her residency at the USC Medical Plaza Pharmacy.
Robert Popovian, PharmD '93 and MS '96, was in USC Mann's first class to graduate with a master's degree in pharmaceutical economics and policy. He now serves as vice president of U.S. government relations at Pfizer, working on state and federal healthcare policy and legislative issues.
Jorge Farias (PharmD '13, MS '16) describes how his dual degrees — PharmD and MS in Healthcare Decision Analysis — prepared him for his current role as director, medical outcomes specialist at Pfizer.
Jeff Stone, the California state senator who earned his PharmD from the USC School of Pharmacy in 1981, represents the 28th district while championing healthcare issues as one of only five medical professionals — and the only pharmacist — in the legislature.
Samuel Lee (PharmD ’12), president and CEO of Advanced Pharmacy Solutions, talks about how his experiences at USC Mann helped prepare him for pharmacy ownership and why the phrase “Trojan Family” has special meaning to him.
Richard Fond (PharmD ’65) owned and operated the Glenoaks Rx Pharmacy in Burbank, CA from 1972 until 2006. He speaks about choosing between dental and pharmacy school, and how his experiences at USC School of Pharmacy helped prepare him to run a successful pharmacy for 34 years.
Meet Michael Bershad, PharmD '16, MS '16, who shares his passion for business and pharmacy while describing how the dual degree at USC prepared him for his current role as Senior Specialist, Global Health Economics and Reimbursement at ‎Edwards Lifesciences.