Focus on Faculty With Rowena Schwartz, PharmD
The James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy welcomes Rowena
("Moe”) Schwartz, PharmD, to the position of associate
professor of pharmacy practice with a focus in hematology
oncology. In this position, Schwartz will be working with the
University of Cincinnati (UC) Cancer Institute and UC
Health with Phase I Clinical trials in oncology. Within
the College of Pharmacy, she will teach oncology pharmacy
therapeutics and practice and work with students during their
advanced pharmacy practice experiences. Additionally, she
will work as part of the UCMC Oncology Pharmacy team at
the UC Health Barrett Cancer Center patient care facility in
In her words:
What is your background?
I received a Bachelor of Science at the University of Illinois
College of Pharmacy, a Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of
Texas and then completed a fellowship in oncology drug development
at the University of Texas. I have spent much of my oncology
pharmacy career in clinical practice at the University of
Pittsburgh/University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. I was
director of Oncology Pharmacy Services at Johns Hopkins
Hospital and maintained an active clinical practice at the Sidney
Kimmel Cancer Center. Most recently, I worked with the U.S.
Oncology Network as vice president of clinical content and pharmacy
operations at McKesson Specialty Health. I’ve taught at
pharmacy schools at University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University,
University of Maryland, Charleston College of Pharmacy, University
of Houston and Misr International University in Cairo,
Egypt. I am an active member of the American Society of
Health-System Pharmacists, the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy
Association, Oncology Nursing Society and the International Society
of Oncology Pharmacy Practice.
Do you have any areas of focus?
I have practiced in many areas of oncology pharmacy over the
years but have an interest in drug development for cancer
treatment. As cancer is often a disease of older adults, I
have developed an interest in oncology pharmacy and the
Why did you choose UC?
I was drawn to the combination of the College of Pharmacy and
the UC Cancer Institute. There are so many opportunities to
collaborate with others in practice, research and
What website do you find yourself visiting most of the
I love looking at new information about oncology and will often
look at recently published literature on PubMed or other medical
What's something few people know about you?
That my mother is my personal hero. She was a dedicated
nurse that served in England during WWII, and her stories of
service and establishing new pathways inspire me.
What do you do when you're not working?
I love being at home with my family (husband and two dogs), and
I love to travel. I love the balance of being at home and
going to oncology pharmacy meetings around the world.
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