With an extensive background in clinical pharmacy practice, pharmacy and hospital administration, Ma is a registered pharmacist with licenses in Hawaiʻi, Nevada and California.
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Carolyn Ma is now the permanent dean of the pharmacy college at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Ma served as interim dean of the college since last August. The UH Board of Regents approved Ma as dean of the UH Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy on Sept. 22.
UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney says he asked UH President David Lassner to appoint Ma as permanent dean because “important work will be required” to prepare for an accreditation visit in March 2017 as well as to “continue ongoing efforts to enhance recruitment.”
“Dr. Ma has successfully guided the college in her year as interim dean,” says Straney. “The college finances are secure and construction of a permanent facility has begun.”
Born and raised on Oʻahu, Ma earned her bachelor of science in biology from the University of Santa Clara, California, and her doctor in pharmacy from the University of California-San Francisco. She was awarded a residency in clinical pharmacy practice at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Department of Pharmacy in Philadelphia. She went on to become an advanced oncology resident in the Department of Pharmacy and Drug Information at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
With an extensive background in clinical pharmacy practice, pharmacy and hospital administration, Ma is a registered pharmacist with licenses in Hawaiʻi, Nevada and California and remains boarded in Oncology Pharmacy. She joined the UH Hilo pharmacy college in 2007 as the clinical education coordinator. In preparation for the advanced rotations or internships for student pharmacists, she helped place numerous faculty in residence at Oʻahu, Maui and Kauaʻi hospitals and clinics.
Former Governor Neil Abercrombie appointed Ma director for Oʻahu on the Hawaiʻi State Board of Pharmacy from 2011- 2015 and Governor Ige re-appointed her to a 2015-2019 term. She also is past president of the Hawaiʻi Pharmacists Association.
“Dr. Ma’s impeccable credentials give us a strong foothold as we take the College of Pharmacy to the next level,” Straney says. “Meanwhile, this milestone comes at a timely juncture as bulldozers are currently at work on the construction of the permanent building. This is truly a testament to Senator Daniel Inouye’s dream of making the college the ‘center of excellence’ for Hawaiʻi Island.”