Dang Named Outstanding Healthcare Innovator

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy Richard Dang was honored as 2021 Outstanding Healthcare Innovator. (Photo by Linda Wang)

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy Richard Dang has been honored as Outstanding Health Care Innovator in the 2021 Los Angeles Business Journal Health Care Leadership awards. The accolade acknowledges outstanding individuals and organizations in the healthcare field throughout the city.

Dang was recognized for his leadership role in the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations throughout the region. Now president of the California Pharmacists Association, he chaired the association’s COVID-19 Taskforce and also served on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s COVID-19 testing taskforce. He worked tirelessly to help organize vaccine clinics and administer injections at Dodger Stadium, the nation’s largest vaccine distribution site, which surpassed 1 million inoculations in April 2021.

On receiving the award from the LABJ, Dang said, “This is all possible with the support and contributions of so many dedicated individuals across the USC School of Pharmacy, City of Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Fire Department, Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), Carbon Health and Curative.”

The USC School of Pharmacy was also a finalist in the LABJ Health Care Leadership awards, in the category of Outstanding Collaboration for the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Program led by the city of Los Angeles.