St. John’s University School of Pharmacy: a Gateway to Success

By Ellen Scharaga

The years I spent at St. John’s University, from 1977 to 1982, were some of the most important in my life. I studied to be a pharmacist at St. John’s, and my education has allowed me to reach the executive ranks of companies such as OncoMed Pharmaceutical Services. St. John’s was founded in 1870 in New York City by the Vincentian Fathers of the Roman Catholic Church, and it continues to be a well-respected place to earn a pharmacology degree. After graduating in 1982, I became the director of pharmacy at Baxter Healthcare. This was followed by positions at Abel Health Management, Health Infusion, Homedco Infusion, National Medical Care, and Group Health, until I obtained my current position at OncoMed. I owe my successful career to the exemplary education I received at St. John’s University School of Pharmacy.