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Dr. Craig S. Stern


Dr. Stern holds a Doctor of Pharmacy, a Master’s in Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Arts all from the University of Southern California (USC). He is a Fellow of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, the American Society Consultant Pharmacists, the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, the International College of Angiology, the Life Management Institute and the California Pharmacists Association. Dr. Stern is also a Certified Specialty Pharmacist (CSP). Dr. Stern received his Bachelor’s degree with a major in Astronomy and Physics, and subsequently worked in cancer research in the Cancer Research Project at the USC School of Medicine.

Dr. Stern is a Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Southern California, the University of California at San Francisco, University of the Pacific, and the Western University of Health Science. Previously, he has been an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles, and a Research Associate in the Department of Cardiology of the Wadsworth Veterans Administration in Los Angeles, in addition to continuing affiliations with multiple universities, teaching Health Care, Managed Care, Clinical Therapeutics and Business Courses.

Early in his pharmacy career, Dr. Stern was a Director of Pharmacy and internal consultant on pharmacy operations and clinical pharmacy programming for Republic Health Corporation. He also consulted to integrated health systems and major multi-hospital corporations in the areas of pharmacy operations and productivity enhancement.

In 1986 Dr. Stern formed Pro Pharma Pharmaceutical Consultants, Inc. as independent consultants to multi-hospital corporations, payers, and providers with special emphasis in Managed Care. The practice focuses on the Design and Management of Pharmacy Benefits, Integration of Pharmacy and Medical Benefits, Data Analysis, Auditing, Strategic Analysis/Planning and Implementation, and the Management of Pharmacy Risk for Provider Groups. Pro Pharma’s clients include small to medium size Health Maintenance Organizations, various Blue Cross/Blue Shield Plans, County Medicare/Medicaid Health Plans, Physician Groups, Self-Insured Employers, Taft-Hartley Trusts, Insurance Companies, Insurance Brokers, and International Benefits Consulting firms.

Dr. Stern is the author of over one-hundred papers, textbook chapters, multiple abstracts and poster sessions, and is a nationally known speaker in the areas of Clinical Therapeutics, Managed Care, Healthcare Industry Trends, Data Analytics, Auditing and Strategic Analysis. He is a Past Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy (JMCP), a prior Director on the Board of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), a Member/Board Member of the Academy of Managed Care of the California Pharmacists Association, the Chair of the California Pharmacy Association’s Editorial Review Committee, and the Editor of the California Pharmacist Journal.

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