Dr. Samit Shah will begin role as Pharmacy Dean on Aug. 1

May 13, 2019

Samit Shah

Regis University has named Samit Shah, Ph.D.,R.Ph, MBA as the new Dean of Pharmacy in the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions. Shah will begin his new role on Aug. 1.

Shah comes from the Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in California, where he was the associate dean of Academic Affairs for three years. He also served as an assistant dean and department chair of biopharmaceutical sciences. In 2014, he was named as the Sidney J. Weinberg professor, an endowed professorship funded through a $2.5 million gift by KGI co-founder and board chair emeritus Sidney J. Weinberg, Jr.

“I was attracted to many things about Regis,” Shah said. “Many institutions put their values on a piece of paper and they are not really lived. It was clear at Regis, the focus on the mission of educating men and women to take leadership roles and make a positive impact was exceptional. They are turning out socially conscious pharmacists, and doing so with the underserved in mind. This was deep in the culture and values of everyone I met. It was to the point where I was able to say, ‘This is where I want to be.’”

Shah also pointed to Regis’ rank in the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) pass rate and the excellent residency match rate. Pharmacy graduates take the NAPLEX to become licensed pharmacists. In 2018, Regis ranked seventh out of more than 130 pharmacy schools.

Shah earned a bachelor’s in pharmacy from North Gujarat University in India, a doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and an MBA from South University in Savannah, Georgia. He received post-doctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. He is a 2017 graduate of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Academic Leadership Fellows Program.

Shah is a licensed pharmacist in Georgia and Washington and has worked at Rite Aid Pharmacy and HealthQwest Clinic. He has been published in multiple journals and has received the “Teacher of the Year” award from pharmacy students several times. He helped develop master’s programs at KGI in the groundbreaking fields of genomic data analytics and genetic counseling, and assisted in raising $1.5 million to fund the development of these programs.

Established in 1877, Regis University is a premier, globally engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, meaning and service. Regis University, one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation, has four campus locations in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs and extensive online program offerings with more than 11,000 enrolled students. For more information, visit www.regis.edu.