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Deborah Simonson, Pharm.D.

Vice President, Pharmacy Services

As Vice President of Pharmacy Services for Ochsner Health System, Dr. Simonson has responsibility for the strategic vision, long term planning, direction and overall accountability for pharmacy services across the system. She joined Ochsner in 1981 and has built the pharmacy program to include clinical services, education/ academics, research, retail services, specialty pharmacy, population management, transitions of care, informatics, regulatory compliance, medication safety, logistics, and digital medicine support. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Xavier University of Louisiana.

Dr. Simonson started her career with the Public Health Service. She has held many leadership roles with pharmacy associations/boards over the years. She has been a member of the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy and was named in the City Business's 2015 Women of the Year.

By Deborah Simonson, Pharm.D.