Interim Dean for School of Pharmacy Announced

June 27, 2017

Dr. Michael Lee Interim School of Pharmacy Dean
Dr. Michael Lee

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) recently appointed Michael Lee, PhD, as Interim Dean of the PCOM School of Pharmacy located at the Georgia campus in Suwanee. Dr. Lee, who additionally holds the titles of Assistant Dean for Professional and Student Affairs and Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, has been a faculty member since 2011.

Dr. Lee is filling the interim position following the departure of founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer Mark Okamoto, PharmD, who was instrumental in establishing and growing the School of Pharmacy including obtaining its initial accreditation. A national search to permanently fill this post has commenced.

Dr. Lee acknowledges Dr. Okamoto’s significant contributions to the pharmacy program.

“I am honored to lead the School of Pharmacy through this period of transition,” he said, “The work and effort of Dean Okamoto and the faculty and staff to establish the School of Pharmacy in 2009 is a tremendous achievement. I believe PCOM is well positioned to build on this strong foundation.”

He added, “I am excited and look forward to working closely with our faculty, preceptors and external partners to continue to develop and grow the PharmD program.”

Dr. Lee earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire, and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver.

Prior to coming to GA-PCOM, he held a faculty appointment in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Appalachian College of Pharmacy in Oakwood, Virginia, and served as the Assistant Dean for Student and Alumni Affairs.

Dr. Lee is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and a 2017 graduate of Leadership Gwinnett.

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