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Two new faculty join School of Pharmacy

Wei-Xing Shi, PhD, professor of pharmacology, moves into a new office and new responsibilities at the School of Pharmacy.
Wei-Xing Shi, PhD, professor of pharmacology, moves into a new office and new responsibilities at the School of Pharmacy.
Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy has appointed a new professor to the department of pharmaceutical sciences.

Wei-Xing Shi, PhD, professor of pharmacology, began his appointment in July.

Dr. Shi completed his PhD in neuropharmacology from Yale University School of Medicine in 1990. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, he returned to Yale and joined the faculty in 1994.

Dr. Shi completed his appointment at Yale University School of Medicine department of psychiatry as an associate professor.

His research interests are in the mechanisms of drug action on the central nervous system, including those used for treatment of schizophrenia, substance abuse, ADHD, and Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. Shi received The Mental Health Research Association’s (NARSAD) Independent Investigator Award in 2006 and the NARSAD Young Investigator Award in 1996 and 2000.

NARSAD is recognized as the premier private mental illness and research organization.

Dr. Shi and his wife, Lynn Cai, have two children—Vivian, age 15, and Kevin, age 11.

Linda I. Davis, PharmD, has accepted an appointment as assistant professor in the
Linda I. Davis, PharmD, has accepted an appointment as assistant professor in the department of pharmacotherapy and outcomes sciences.
Linda I. Davis, PharmD, has accepted an appointment as assistant professor in the department of pharmacotherapy and outcomes sciences.
department of pharmacotherapy and outcomes sciences. 

Dr. Davis’ pharmacy experience in the inpatient, ambulatory, retail, and the managed care setting, along with clinic pharmacy consulting and international medical missions, brings a unique clinical and corporate perspective to the School.

Prior to joining the faculty at the School of Pharmacy, she served RxAmerica as the clinical programs manager for Sharp Health Plan in San Diego, where she managed the pharmacy benefit for more than 120,000 lives. 

Dr. Davis earned her doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Southern California and completed a pharmacy practice residency with the University of California, San Diego Medical Center. She is also a candidate for a master’s in biomedical and clinical ethics at Loma Linda University. Her areas of focus include the promise and challenges of stem cell research, and improving clinical outcomes through patient adherence reporting interventions.

 Dr. Davis will be lecturing in the areas of public health and lifestyles, social behavioral pharmacy, and advanced ethics in pharmacy practice.

By Jim Pinder, MBA

TODAY news for Thursday, August 20, 2007