R. Pete  Vanderveen

R. Pete Vanderveen, PhD, RPh

Senior Advisor, USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics

Clinical Pharmacy

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BS, Pharmacy, Purdue University
MS, Clinical Pharmacy, Purdue University
PhD, University Administration, Michigan State University

R. Pete Vanderveen


R. Pete Vanderveen led the USC School of Pharmacy as dean from September 2005 through June 2015 when he decided to return to the faculty upon completion of his second term. In his new role, he also serves as Senior Advisor to the USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics.

Dr. Vanderveen was instrumental in enhancing the School’s efforts to provide care for the underserved through expanding faculty and student work in safety-net clinics throughout Los Angeles, earning the School top national community outreach awards including three American Pharmacists Association Pinnacle Awards (2007, 2011, 2013), American Society of Health System Pharmacists Best Practices Award (2008) and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Inaugural Award for Transformative Community Services (2009) as well as a $12 million Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation grant that increases the School’s presence in the safety net while evaluating the pharmacist impact on outcomes and costs.

Personally, Dr. Vanderveen has received numerous awards, including the American Pharmacists Association Dean of the Year Award (2013), California Pharmacists Association Bowl of Hygeia Award (2011) and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Great Communicator Award (2010). He was named Pharmacist of the Year by the Michigan Society of Hospital Pharmacists (1986), Board of Director’s Award from both the Michigan (1985) and Oregon Societies (1990) and was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus by the Purdue School of Pharmacy (2002).

While serving as dean, Dr. Vanderveen broadened the School’s health economics and policy presence by collaborating with the USC Price School of Public Policy in the establishment of the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, one of the nation’s top ranked health policy groups. Under his leadership, the School also established the International Center for Regulatory Science and offered the nation’s first professional doctorate in regulatory science.

An outspoken advocate for the role of the pharmacist on the health-care team and the need to designate the pharmacist as a provider, Dr. Vanderveen has penned opinion pieces in The Wall Street Journal (2010) and Politico (2012). Dr. Vanderveen has been featured in cover stories in Pharmacy Today (2012) and Drug Topics (2008), and has been interviewed on the profession by numerous media outlets.

Prior to joining USC, Dr. Vanderveen was Dean of the Mylan School of Pharmacy at Duquesne University which rose to third in the nation in NIH funding among private schools of pharmacy under his leadership. A graduate of Purdue University with BS and MS degrees in pharmacy and clinical pharmacy, respectively, Dr. Vanderveen earned his doctorate in university administration from Michigan State University in 1987 and graduated from the AACP Leadership Development Program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in 1998.