Gail Orum-Alexander, who joined KGI January 2015, has spent the largest portion of her career focusing on advancing health professions education. On Jan. 11, 2019, Orum-Alexander was named the Interim – Founding Dean Kathy Webster Chair of the KGI School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (SPHS). Prior to that, she served as SPHS Associate Dean for Assessment and Faculty Development and Professor of Clinical and Administrative Sciences.
Before joining KGI, she spent seven years as the Dean of the College of Science and Health at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, where she was responsible for the development, implementation, and accreditation processes of such programs as Nursing, Pharmacy Technology, Physician Assistant, Public Health, and Radiologic Technology.
In her capacity as a faculty member, Dr. Orum developed and taught pharmacology curriculum to nursing, physician assistant, and nuclear medicine technology students. She also held an adjunct faculty appointment at the USC Keck School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Physician Assistant Program. Her research involves the impact of medication non-adherence on health outcomes for medically disadvantaged populations. Dr. Orum has served as the principal investigator or co-investigator on several grants, some of which were funded by the US Department of Education, California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She holds membership in many organizations, and has served on numerous boards and committees including the National Library of Medicine Environmental Health Information Partnership, Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, and the Health Careers Connection Advisory Committee.
In addition to her academic career, Dr. Orum has had the opportunity to practice in numerous pharmacy settings including investigational drug services, chain pharmacy, long-term care pharmacy, home infusion services and HMO. She earned the Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Southern California-School of Pharmacy, and is a board certified geriatric pharmacist.
Peer Reviewed Articles
Yazdanshenas H, Bazargan M, Orum G, Loni L, Mahabadi B, Husaini B. Prescribing Patterns in the Treatment of Hypertension among Underserved African American Elderly. Ethnicity & Disease, 2014, in press.
Bazargan M, Yazdanshenas H, Han S, Loni L, Orum G. Inappropriate Medication Use Among Underserved Elderly African Americans. Journal of Aging and Health, 2014, in press.
Husaini B, Levine R, Cain V, Novotny M, Emerson J, Orum G, Bazargan M, Hull P, Khan M, Moonis M. Stroke Burden and Risk Factors during 1997-2008: Examining the Effect of Ethnicity and Gender. Astrocyte, 2014, vol 1, issue 1, 9-16.
Husaini B, Levine R, Sharp L, Cain V, Novotny M, Hull P, Orum G, Samad Z, Sampson U, Moonis M. Depression Increases Stroke Hospitalization Cost: An Analysis of 17,010 Stroke Patients in 2008 by Race and Gender. Stroke Research and Treatment. Vol 2013, Article ID 846732, 7 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/846732.
Orum-Alexander G, Review of Fulcher EM, Fulcher RM, Soto, Pharmacology: Principles & Applications, 2nd ed., Saunders, 2009, J Pharm Technol 2008 Nov/Dec 24 (6): 371-2.
Orum-Alexander G, Review of Moini J, The Pocket Guide for Pharmacy Technicians, Thomson Delmar, 2008, J Pharm Technol 2007 Sep/Oct 23(5): 312-13.
Orum-Alexander G, Review of The Handbook on Storing and Securing Medications, JCAHO & ASHP 2006, J Pharm Technol 2007 Jan/Feb 23(1): 56.
Orum-Alexander G, Battling Obesity in Children and Adolescents. U.S. Pharmacist 2006 Feb 31(2): 73-82.
Orum-Alexander G, Pharmacologic Agents in the Management of Obesity U.S. Pharmacist 2003 Feb 28(2):59-74.
Orum-Alexander, GG and Mizner JJ, Pharmacy Technician: Practice and Procedures, McGraw-Hill ISBN: 978-0-07-352072-8, New York, NY, 2010.
Orum-Alexander, GG and Mizner JJ, Pharmacy Technician: Practice and Procedures-Laboratory Manual, McGraw-Hill ISBN: 978- 0-07-320269-3, New York, NY, 2010.