Rita K. Jew, PharmD, MBA, BCPPS, FASHP
Rita K. Jew, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPPS, FASHP is President at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP). She has more than 30 years of experience leading pharmaceutical care services. Prior to joining ISMP, she served as Principal of RKJ Health Partners, where she provided consulting services related to medication safety, pharmacy operations, pharmacy finance, specialty pharmacy, and sterile compounding. She also provided coaching and leadership training and advised technology start-ups. Before starting her own consulting business, Dr. Jew held leadership positions at well-known acute care institutions, including University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Health, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Dr. Jew has published and presented on a wide range of issues, including co-authoring a book on extemporaneous formulations for pediatric, geriatric, and special needs patients. She has held leadership positions at local, state, and national pharmacy organizations, serving as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists (SCSS) at the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP), Director-at-Large of the Pennsylvania Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Board, and President of the Delaware Valley Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (DVSHP). Her many honors and awards include a Children’s Hospital Association Honorable Mention in the Race for Results for improving patient safety by optimizing smart pump utilization, Friend of Nursing Award from the Association of California Nurse Leaders, Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists and the Jonathan Roberts Award from DVSHP.
Dr. Jew received her Doctor of Pharmacy from University of California at San Francisco, completed an ASHP-Accredited Residency in Clinical Pharmacy at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and earned a MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Board-Certified Pediatric Pharmacy Specialist.