Dr. Panofsky with Clara at her wedding.
Dr. Panofsky with Clara at her wedding.

Dr. Linda (Goosen) Panofsky joined the Department of Pharmacy Practice as Assistant Clinical Professor and Regional Coordinator for San Jose in August 2011. She completed her pre-pharmacy coursework at University of Central Arkansas and earned her doctor of pharmacy from University of Arkansas for Medical Services.

Before the downturn of the economy, Dr. Panofsky owned her own pharmacy in Arkansas where she served as CEO and pharmacy manager. During that time, she also served as adjunct faculty and guest lecturer at various institutions which she enjoyed.

“I always had teaching tendencies, even back in middle school tutoring others. Throughout my pharmacy career, my supervisors told me my calling was teaching,” said Dr. Panofsky.

Having been here for two years, she says “Pacific students have a great sense of togetherness and appreciation for cultural diversity.” As a faculty member, she plays a big role in the success of our students. In order to help them achieve their goals, Dr. Panofsky focuses her teaching on critical thinking skills rather than raw content because “those who come seeking answers are only half as wise as those seeking the way to find answers.” A proverb she created herself.

Dr. Panofsky also looks to her mentors to find inspiration. She says Dr. Sian Carr-Lopez ’85 is an “excellent professor, practitioner and supervisor and has always nurtured my interests and participation at Pacific.” When she plans for her curriculum, she draws from her “love of teaching and seeing a student come into their own as a pharmacist.” Dr. Panofsky lets her drive to help others influence the way she teaches and the impact she makes in the community. She is a long time member of the American Pharmacists Association, California Pharmacists Association, and California Society of Health-System Pharmacists. She is also a member of Phi Lambda Sigma; a pharmacy leadership society charter at her alma mater.

As the students graduate from her course, Dr. Panofsky hopes that they have learned the proper tools to help them learn how to learn. “Memory will fade and facts that are not associated with conceptual learning will disappear. If they can learn to understand and apply the concepts then I have done my job,” said Dr. Panofsky.

Dr. Panofsky is also board certified in pharmacotherapy and will be able to put it to use if Senate Bill 493 (SB 493) passes. “I would like to be one of the first advanced practice pharmacist.” The bill seeks to improve patient access to healthcare by empowering pharmacists to provide basic care services in collaboration with physicians, Medical Homes and other systems of care in which patients receive treatment.

Dr. Panofsky is happily married to Peter, a firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT), and a proud mom of a five year old daughter, Clara.


By Dua Her '09
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