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Ray Symposium

About the Ray Symposium

Max RayThe Ray Symposium, an annual speaker series, honors Max D. Ray, MS, PharmD, Dean Emeritus of the WesternU College of Pharmacy. As Professor and Dean from 1996-2006, he created a stimulating educational environment that fostered excellence and professionalism.

 

His professional career was divided almost equally into pharmacy practice, association management, and education. A major focus of his work throughout his career was seeking ways in which to improve the value of pharmacy to society.

 

Today, the Ray Symposium celebrates the multifaceted role that pharmacists play in improving the lives of patients and the health of their communities.

  • Ray Symposiums

    Aaron KesselheimAaron Kesselheim, MD, JD, MPH
    Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
    “Drug Regulations in the 21st Century- The FDA,  Policy, and Politics?”April 22, 2021
    2021 Ray Symposium Presentation


    Katherine Eban
    Investigative Journalist
    “The Hidden World Behind America’s Low-Cost Drugs”
    April 30, 2020
    2020 Ray Symposium Presentation


    Cato T. Laurencin, featured speakerCato T. Laurencin, MD, PhD
    University Professor, The University of Connecticut
    “Addressing the Future of Health in America: Diversity, Racism and Health Disparities”
    April 18, 2019


    Alan L. LeshnerAlan I. Leshner, PhD
    CEO-Emeritus of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Former Executive Publisher of the journal Science
    “Communicating Science Effectively”
    April 19, 2018

    2018 Ray Symposium Presentation


     Dana Goldman, PhD

    Dana Goldman, PhD
    Professor, Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair and Director for the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics
    “Re-Thinking Value in an Era of Health Reform”
    April 20, 2017

    2017 Ray Symposium Presentation


     Michael W. Kalichman, PhD

    Michael W. Kalichman, PhD
    Professor, Director of the UCSD Research Ethics Program
    “Science, Truth and the Public Trust”
    April 21, 2016

    2016 Ray Symposium Presentation


     Ellen Peters, PhD

    Ellen Peters, PhD
    Professor of Psychology, Director of the Behavioral Decision Making Initiative, The Ohio State University
    “Numeracy and Health: A Tyranny of Numbers”
    April 30, 2015

    2015 Ray Symposium Presentation


    Eileen Crimmins, PhDEileen Crimmins, PhD
    AARP Chair in Gerontology, USC Davis School of Gerontology
    “Shorter Lives, Poorer Health”
    April 17. 2014


    Patricia B. Crawford, Dr. PH, RDPatricia B. Crawford, Dr. PH, RD
    Director, Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Center for Weight and Health Cooperative Extension Nutrition Specialist
    “Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention”
    April 18. 2013


    Joshua S. Benner, PharmD, ScDJoshua S. Benner, PharmD, ScD
    President and CEO, RxAnte, Inc. and Visiting Scholar, The Brookings Institution
    “Reforming Health Care: Policy, Politics, and Patient Care”
    April 12, 2012


    William E. Evans, PharmDWilliam E. Evans, PharmD

    Director and CEO, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
    “The Promise of Genomics – What Lies Ahead?”
    April 21, 2011


    Michael Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD

    Michael Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD
    President of The Institute for Safe Medication Practices
    “Safe Medication Practices – Preventing Errors”
    April 15, 2010


    David B. Reuben, MDDavid B. Reuben, MD
    Director, Multicampus Program in Geriatrics Medicine and Gerontology (MPGMG) and Chief, Division of Geriatrics at UCLA Center for Health Sciences“Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce”
    April 9, 2009


    Brian Smedley, PhDBrian Smedley, PhD
    Research Director and Co-founder of the Opportunity Agenda<
    “Eliminating Disparities”
    April 17, 2008


    Lyle BootmanionLyle Bootman
    Co-editor, 2006 National Institutes of Medicine Report –  Preventing Medication Errors
    “Preventing Medication Errors”
    April 19, 2007