William Simonson, Board-Certified Geriatric Pharmacist


Pharmacist William Simonson, also known as "Dr. Si," has been active in geriatrics and long-term care pharmacy practice for more than 35 years. He has published than 100 articles and two books and presented at hundreds of local, national, and international symposia. He is a board-certified geriatric pharmacist and an independent consultant pharmacist for nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.

He is presently a Senior Research Professor of pharmacy practice with the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy in Corvallis and was previously an associate professor of pharmacy practice and geriatric medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland.

Simonson has served as president of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and as chair of the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy (CCGP). He is active in many long-term care and aging organizations and has served as pharmacy consultant for the Oregon Department of Human Services nursing home surveyors.

Why I Care

"As a child, I was blessed to know many happy and healthy elderly adults -- great-aunts and great-uncles, grandparents, and their friends. These beautiful people demonstrated to me what successful aging can be. If my efforts to improve the use of medications can help older adults enjoy life as did my elderly mentors, then I will have accomplished my goal."


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