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2017 Keynote Speakers

See biographies for MEDS keynote speakers.

Pre-Med opening keynote

Dr. Andre Pinesett

Andre Pinesett, MD, MPH

Dr. Andre Pinesett is a Stanford Medical School graduate and academic productivity expert specializing in helping disadvantaged pre-meds get into medical school.  Prior to attending Stanford, Dr. Pinesett received his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California, Irvine and his Masters in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles.  In addition to working with students, he is currently a resident anesthesiologist at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. James Colbert

Dr. James Colbert 

Dr. James Colbert is an accomplished leader in pharmacy with over 30 years of experience. He received his B.A. in Biological Sciences from UC Berkeley and his Pharm.D. from UCSF.  He is the Associate Dean for Experiential Education and a Clinical Professor at the UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy.

Prior to joining the UCSD School of Pharmacy, Dr. Colbert was a Pediatric Pharmacist Specialist for the UCSD Healthcare System.  His responsibilities also included:  Education and Training Pharmacist, PGY2 Residency Coordinator for Pediatrics, and Clinical Manager for the Department of Pharmacy.

Dr. Colbert served with distinction as an officer in the U.S. Army. He is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War and the Bosnia Peacekeeping Campaign.

At the UCSD School of Pharmacy, Dr. Colbert is responsible for both Introductory and Advanced Practice  Experiences for all pharmacy students. He has arranged clinical clerkships for students throughout the U.S., Central America, Africa and Asia. Dr. Colbert teaches the pediatric pharmacotherapy course and serves on the admissions committee.

Dr. Colbert is the first member of his family to attend and graduate from college. He is the first African American to be appointed as a faculty member and a dean in the UCSD School of Pharmacy. Lastly, he is the second African American to be appointed as a dean in the history of California Schools of Pharmacy.