Kevin L. Forrester, PharmD
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Kevin L. ForresterPharmD

Kevin L. ForresterPharmD

Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy

Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy

Kevin Forrester is an associate professor of clinical pharmacy at the USC School of Pharmacy. As part of the specialized cardiothoracic surgery team at Keck Hospital of USC, he develops, manages and monitors drug therapy for heart and lung transplant patients.

He grew up in Jamaica, where his mother worked as a pharmacist at a major university hospital. His father—also a pharmacist—ran a small rural clinic where healthcare was scarce and he often had to compound a variety of drug concoctions. This early exposure to pharmacy left Forrester comfortable at the frontier of transplantation pharmacology—a complicated field where managing more than a dozen medications for each patient is the norm.

As part of the transplant team, he massages protocols and drug therapy techniques to find the best approach for each patient while also managing patient expectations.

A dedicated teacher, Forrester’s philosophy is to give back to all the mentors, including his parents, who greatly influenced him by doing the same for others. He does this daily in the transplant unit where he teaches pharmacy students as well as residents.

    Areas of Expertise

    • Transplantation Medicine
    • Transplantation Pharmacology
    • Organ Transplantion
    • Lung Transplantation
    • Drug Therapy
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    • Selected Media Appearances

      Collaborative Healthcare Teams a Growing Success Story

      AMN Healthcare | 04/25/2012

      Keck Hospital of University of Southern California in Los Angeles employs multidisciplinary teams in which pharmacists play an active role. For instance Kevin Forrester, PharmD, clinical coordinator of pharmacy services at the Keck Hospital and an associate professor at the USC School of Pharmacy, rounds on the heart transplant patients. He evaluates whether patients are on the appropriate drug therapy and monitors the therapy to minimize the potential for adverse effects or drug–drug interactions. He makes recommendations for additions or changes to the medication therapy...

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