Rear Admiral Pamela Schweitzer
Chief Pharmacy Officer, U.S. Public Health Service
On August 7, 2014, Rear Admiral (RADM) Pamela Schweitzer was appointed to the Chief Pharmacist Officer of the United States Public Health Service (PHS) with a temporary promotion to the Assistant Surgeon General. As Chief Pharmacist Officer, RADM Schweitzer is responsible for providing leadership and coordination of PHS pharmacy programs and professional affairs for the Office of the Surgeon General and the Department of Health & Human Services.
Throughout her pharmacy career RADM Schweitzer has served in varied assignments, progressing in leadership responsibilities in the Indian Health Service (IHS), Veterans Administration (VA) and currently with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). RADM Schweitzer began her Corps career with the Indian Health Service (IHS) at the Pine Ridge Indian Hospital in South Dakota followed by geographic and programmatic moves reflecting increasing responsibility and leadership. Her VA service was with the VA Medical Center Hot Springs in South Dakota. Her current duty station with CMS is in Baltimore, MD. All of these experiences have allowed her to develop lasting partnerships that ultimately improved federal pharmacists serving the mission of their respective organizations.
RADM Schweitzer has provided leadership on several information technology projects that have made a significant impact on IHS and VA federal pharmacy including the Pharmacy Billing, the mail-out program using the VA’s Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy (CMOP) program, e-prescribing, Prescription Drug Monitoring and Interconnect Pilot, and IHS Electronic Health Record implementation.
RADM Schweitzer served as Ancillary Service Branch Chief for the PHS Rapid Deployment Force (RDF-5) and was deployed to Hurricane Dean, Hurricane Katrina and BARDA for H1N1.
RADM Schweitzer has been recognized for her leadership contributions including receiving the American Pharmacists Association Distinguished Federal Pharmacist Award (2014), the USPHS Mary Louise Anderson Leadership Award (2012) and IHS Senior Pharmacist of the Year Award (2013).
She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from California State University Fullerton (CSUF), earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Pharmacy, completed an Ambulatory Care/Administrative Residency at University of California Irvine Medical Center and is a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP). She is currently in the Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA) Program at the University of Southern California (USC) Sol Price School of Public Policy.
RADM Schweitzer is married to her husband, Paul, and they have two college graduates, Charles and Amy and a son-in-law, Jackson. The entire family enjoys athletic events, long-distance running, hiking and traveling. Their favorite place to hike is the Grand Canyon. She has climbed Mt Rainier, Mt Whitney, and Mt Kilimanjaro, is a private pilot and certified scuba diver.