Pharmacy Law Expert, Former Associate Dean Fred Weissman Retires

After five decades of distinguished service to USC, Fred Weissman, PharmD, JD retired at the end of June. (Photo by David Sprague)

After 50 years of distinguished service to the University, Fred Weissman, PharmD, JD retired at the end of June. As Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the USC School of Pharmacy, he has made countless contributions to the School, the university, and the pharmacy profession.

A second-generation pharmacist, Dr. Weissman earned a PharmD from USC in 1963 and a JD from Loyola Law School in 1989. Dr. Weissman’s pharmacy experiences are extensive. He has practiced as a community pharmacist, hospital pharmacist, Director of Pharmacy Services for a 550-bed facility at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Long Beach, and, during the Vietnam War, as a military clinic pharmacist in Germany.

His passion for pharmacy education has spanned over 50 years since his initial appointment as a teaching assistant at the USC School of Pharmacy in 1965. Since that time, in addition to regular faculty duties, Dr. Weissman has held several leadership roles including serving as Associate Dean of Academic and Clinical Affairs from 1998 to 2012, and Associate Dean of Faculty and Student Affairs from 2012 to 2017.

California Pharmacy Law Expert

Dr. Weissman is widely known for his contributions to pharmacy law. He has published numerous articles on pharmacy law and the evolution of clinical pharmacy practice. In 1997, he published the first edition of his well-recognized text, “Guide to California Community Pharmacy Law.” The 10th edition of this text was published in 2021. He has taught the pharmacy law course at USC for over 25 years, led pharmacy law board-review sessions at universities across the country, and has served as an expert adviser for major health systems and was involved in the creation of the PharmD/Juris Doctor dual-degree program at USC.

Dr. Weissman has been honored by his students by being chosen one of the outstanding teachers of the year four times. He was selected as the USC Pharmacy Alumnus of the Year in 2002 and was inducted into the California Pharmacists Association Hall of Fame in 2020.

Please join the School of Pharmacy community in congratulating Dr. Weissman on his remarkable career, and wishing him well as he begins his much-deserved retirement. An in-person retirement celebration is being planned this fall.

If you would like to honor Dr. Weissman by giving to the USC Terri and Fred Weissman Endowed Scholarship Fund, you can do so by clicking here. We thank you.