Cathy Poon
President Paul Katz gives a medal to Dr. Cathy Y. Poon officially installing her as the Barbara H. Korberly Professor in Women's Leadership and Health. 

University of the Sciences installed Cathy Y. Poon, PharmD, as the Barbara H. Korberly Professor in Women's Leadership and Health during its Founders’ Day ceremony on Feb. 15, 2018.

The Barbara H. Korberly Professor in Women's Leadership and Health provides leadership and devoted resources to the University's efforts to address the challenges that affect women's health policy and access to leadership opportunities within the health sciences. The professorship, established in 2005 through a generous grant from McNeil Consumer Health and Johnson & Johnson, serves as an enduring tribute to the late Barbara Korberly P'72, PharmD'74, a tireless advocate and powerful mentor of women in pharmacy throughout her career.

Dr. Poon has played an integral role in the education of pharmacy students at the University’s Philadelphia College of Pharmacy where she now serves as chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration and associate dean for interprofessional education. She has over 25 years of pharmacy and higher education experience as well as an expertise in pediatrics and interprofessional education. A professor of clinical pharmacy, Dr. Poon is involved in all aspects of education including, on and off campus teaching, in a variety of health profession programs in addition to pharmacy students; and training and mentoring 12 residents/fellows in pediatric pharmacy practice. She holds faculty appointments at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Poon, of Philadelphia, received a PharmD from Medical University of South Carolina and her BS degrees in pharmacy and toxicology from St. John’s University. She also completed a hospital pharmacy residency at Medical University of South Carolina and a specialty residency in Pediatric Pharmacotherapy at Oklahoma University Health Science Center.

Each year, Founders’ Day at USciences recognizes its establishment on Feb. 23, 1821, as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy—the first college of pharmacy in North America, which is now a part of USciences. In addition, President and CEO of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia George M. Wohlreich, MD, MA, was bestowed an honorary doctor of science degree while merit awards were presented to current undergraduate and graduate students, and staff and faculty members. For more, visit usciences.edu/foundersday.