Irving  Steinberg

Irving Steinberg, Pharm.D.

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Associate Professor, Clinical Pharmacy and Pediatrics

Clinical Pharmacy

Research Topics

  1. Pediatric Pharmacotherapeutics
  2. Critical Care Pharmacology and Toxicology
  3. Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacodynamics
  4. Infectious Diseases
  5. Antibiotic Resistance
  6. Maternal-Fetal Pharmacology
  7. Legal/Forensic Medicine & Pharmacology

Contact Information

  • USC School of Pharmacy
    1985 Zonal Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-9121
  • 323-442-1339
  • 323-226-4380
Irving Steinberg


Dr. Irving Steinberg has been with USC since 1985, and is Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at the School of Pharmacy, the Director of the Division of Pediatric Pharmacotherapy in the Department of Pediatrics at the LAC+USC Medical Center, and is Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Pediatrics at the USC School of Pharmacy and Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Steinberg is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where he completed his residency and an endowed fellowship in infectious diseases and pharmacokinetics. He maintains a very busy clinical consultation practice with bedside teaching of medical residents and pharmacy students, and represents the Department of Pediatrics on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, and on the Antimicrobial and Medication Safety Subcommitees. He has published and presented numerous scientific papers on the pharmacokinetics and dynamics of anti-infectives, and on antibiotic resistance and appropriate utilization. He has also published in the areas of cardiovascular medicine and seizure disorders. Areas of research emphasis include predicitive performance of pharmacokinetic models for dosing in children and novel pharmacotherapeutic applications of drugs such as amphotericin and erythromycin in neonates. This diversity in areas of expertise is reflected in his programmatic efforts and teaching, from bedside to classroom, at USC. He has trained numerous pediatric pharmacotherapy residents & fellows who have gone on to distinguished careers. Additionally, Dr. Steinberg is a noted national speaker for many physician and pharmacist audiences, and has given hundreds of lectures, grand rounds and continuing education programs to physicians and pharmacists in 42 states in the US. He has been a most sought-after speaker, educator and journal reviewer. Dr. Steinberg serves as a medical expert witness in many difficult forensic cases, and his expertise was recognized in 2012 as among the Top 1% of Expert Witnesses for Medical Malpractice Litigation in California (one of only seven pharmacologists).

Selected Projects/Publications

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Brotherton BJ, Steinberg I, Johnson JL. Case 3: Fever, Vomiting, and Increased Sleepiness in a 4-year-old Girl. Pediatrics in Review 36(5):222-224, 2015. PubMed

Steinberg I, Kimberlin DW. Acyclovir Dosing and Acute Kidney Injury: Deviations and Direction. Journal of Pediatrics 2015 Jun;166(6):1341-4. PubMed

Cao A, Steinberg I, Gill MA: Adult seizure disorders: New antiepileptic drug treatments. California Pharmacist 48(April):14-22, 2001.

Steinberg I: Clinical use of antibiotics: Judging judicious use. American Journal of Managed Care 6(23 Suppl):S1178-S1188, 2000.

Steinberg I: Binding characteristics of angiotensin receptor blockers. Drug Benefit Trends 12(Suppl. E):11-16, 2000.