Joseph Ma, PharmD
Faculty Director, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Joseph D. Ma, PharmD is Faculty Director of the program, and a Professor of Clinical Pharmacy in UC San Diego’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He received his undergraduate degree from UC Irvine, his Pharmacy Doctorate from UC San Francisco, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical pharmacology at Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown, NY. Upon fellowship completion, he was employed at Amgen, Inc. in Thousand Oaks, CA. in the Early Development Department.
His current research interests are evaluating in vivo drug metabolizing enzyme activity and opioid pharmacokinetic variability. He has published over 80 peer reviewed articles and is co editor of a textbook Pharmacogenomics, An Introduction and Clinical Perspective. His current clinical practice is the Doris A. Howell Pain and Palliative Care Service at the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, where he specializes in symptom management. Under a collaborative practice agreement he is able to assess, initiate, stop, and/or adjust therapy for the management of pain and other physical symptoms with independent prescriptive authority in accordance with California code 4052.