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Harold L. Kirschenbaum

Associate Dean for Professional AffairsProfessor of Pharmacy Practice

B.S., Brooklyn College of Pharmacy, Long Island UniversityM.S., Long Island UniversityPharm.D., Massachusetts College of Pharmacy


Born and bred in Brooklyn, Dean Kirschenbaum received his B.S. in Pharmacy (summa cum laude) from the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy; an M.S. from Long Island University; and a Pharm.D. from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. He also completed an ASHP-accredited residency in pharmacy practice and a specialty residency in drug information.

Dean Kirschenbaum has various scholarly interests, but currently concentrates in the areas of pharmaceutical education, institutional research, and drug information. He has published more than 70 articles in these and related areas and has presented his research findings at numerous professional meetings. He also has published several book reviews and co-authored one book that was designed primarily to help students during their introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences.

Dr. Kirschenbaum taught at the College from 1979 to 1984, left to pursue a career in medical communications and advertising and returned in 1993 to head the new post-B.S. in Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Program. Shortly after returning, he chaired the committee that developed the curriculum for the entry-level Pharm.D. Program and was heavily involved with its implementation. He also was put in charge of the College’s experiential education programs and supervised their significant growth over a decade. He recently accepted a new challenge; professional affairs at the College. He still finds some time to teach and has been the faculty adviser to several student organizations including ASP/APhA, Rho Chi and the yearbook committee.

In addition to practicing in academia and medical communications, Dean Kirschenbaum has practiced in community pharmacy and hospital pharmacy and as a consultant to long-term care facilities. His most enjoyable career path, though, has been in pharmaceutical education. He gains great pleasure in hearing from former students who have achieved success in the pharmacy profession.

Dr. Kirschenbaum has received the Salena Award, two Founder’s Awards (for outstanding service) and the College’s Alumni Award and was the 2006 Rho Chi Alumni Honor Roll recipient. He always has been active in pharmacy organizations and currently is a member of many, including the American Pharmacists Association; the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists; the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy; the New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists; Rho Chi, the pharmacy honor society; and Phi Lambda Sigma, the national pharmacy leadership society. He also serves as the editor of the new drugs section for the journal Clinical Therapeutics, editor of the review article section for The American Journal of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy, editor for the journal Current Medical Research and Opinion and is a member of the editorial board for the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (the official publication of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy). He also serves as a reviewer for several other publications and professional associations.


Institutional Research, Curriculum Development


Co-author, articles published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, Clinical Therapeutics, Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
Coauthor, “Pharmacy Practice Handbook of Medication Facts”


Recipient, Founder’s Award, Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (2008, 1995)
Recipient, Rho Chi Alumni Honor Roll, Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (2006)
Recipient, Honoree and Alumni Award Recipient, Alumni Association’s 17th All-Class Reunion Dinner Dance (2002)

Professional Affiliations

Member, Rho Chi (Pharmacy Honor Society)
Member, Phi Lambda Sigma (Pharmacy Leadership Society)
Member, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
Member, American Pharmacists Association
Member, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Member, Drug Information Association
Member, New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists