Robert “Bob” Stein
Robert L. Stein, Pharm.D., J.D. is Professor of Practice for Pharmacy Law & Ethics and Health Information Technology at the Keck Graduate Institute School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, where he has held this position since July 2014. He is also the course coordinator and lecturer in the Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry Ethics course at the Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences.
Bob’s professional interests include developments in law and regulations impacting pharmacy practice, healthcare technology, and analytics and e-discovery of electronic health records. Bob is a regular attendee at California Board of Pharmacy meetings as well as its various committee meetings, and testifies frequently on topics ranging from corresponding responsibility to pharmacist counseling, to automation and technology considerations in the practice of pharmacy. Bob has served as an expert in several negligence cases, including a wrongful death of a prisoner due to not receiving timely pharmacotherapy, and a wrongful death case where the plaintiff next-of-kin asserted the patient did not provide informed consent because she had been given a pain medication. In addition to teaching Pharm.D., MBS and MEng students, Bob has given educational sessions for the Orange County Bar Association to attorneys advising healthcare professionals that prescribe or dispense controlled substances.
Bob is an active member in the American Society for Pharmacy Law (ASPL), American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP), California Society of Health System Pharmacists (CSHP) and the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Bob is a director of the Orange County Society of Health System Pharmacists (OCSHP), is Chair of CSHP’s Government Affairs Advisory Committee in 2018-2019, and has participated on numerous committees for ASPL, ASHP and CSHP. As a result of his local and state organizational involvement, Bob was recognized as OCSHP’s Pharmacist of the Year for 2018. He is an active member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, advocating for well controlled clinical trials of cannabis in various disease states, and for the education and involvement of pharmacists in advising patients considering or using medical cannabis.
Bob’s clinical experience includes six years in a critical care unit specializing in high risk cardiac surgery patients and post-kidney-transplantation patients; and developing and providing pharmacy services for new a high risk OB unit and Level III NICU.
Bob held several management positions. He was Assistant Director of Pharmacy at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center for eight years before moving to MemorialCare’s Corporate Information Services, where he was a Senior Applications Architect and system administrator for three hospitals’ pharmacy information systems. Bob was instrumental in the evaluation, selection, contracting, and implementation of MemorialCare’s Epic EMR. Following his 20 years at MemorialCare, Bob managed the Allscripts clinical EMR project at City of Hope National Medical Center from 2008-2010. Bob then transitioned to full time consulting and was a client engagement manager for Dearborn Advisors, a now-defunct boutique firm that specialized in helping healthcare organizations successfully engage their clinicians to effectively utilize EHR technology.
From 1983 through 2003, Bob also was proprietor of a consulting firm, Pharmacy and Health Care Computer Applications (PHCCA), where he developed PC software for pharmacokinetic drug dosing as well as controlled substance inventory management. His consulting roles at PHCCA included implementation of community and hospital pharmacy information systems for clients across the US.
Bob received his Pharm.D. (with honors) from the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy, and his J.D. (with academic merit) from Western State University College of Law.