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Tamra Kaplan


After a long history practicing clinical pharmacy in acute care, ambulatory, and home health settings as well as serving in multiple leadership roles within pharmacy, in 2009, I was named the Chief Operating Officer for Long Beach Memorial and added Miller Children’s to my responsibilities in 2016. In 2017 I transitioned full time to serve as the Chief Operating Officer for Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach. In 2019 I transitioned to become a member of the executive team at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, currently serving as the Senior Vice President & interim Chief Operating Officer. This experience has given me the opportunity to reconnect with my passion to serve the underserved and provide care for the most vulnerable in our community, our children. I have been inspired by the physicians, nurses, and many other team members who are truly committed to improving the health of children and actively practice the principles of patient and family centered care. I have held a variety of leadership positions in the not for profit acute care hospital environment in California and now Arizona. I have extensive experience in hospital operations, lean methods and management system, and service line development. I was awarded my Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and Bachelor of Science in Biology from UC Irvine.

Personal Interests

I am married with three young adult children two of whom are in college. I have lived in Huntington Beach for 30 years and am deeply connected in my community. I volunteer at my children’s school and for a variety of environmental organizations including Surf-riders and in the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. I am an avid hiker and kayaker, and enjoying camping, particularly in our national parks. I believe in giving back to my profession and for many years continued my commitment to education in a teaching capacity, serving as an adjunct professor at the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of the Pacific for pharmacy students, interns, and residents. I am very interested in reconnecting to teaching and most recently volunteered to mentor MHA students from several of our local universities. I look forward to the opportunity to also reconnect with UC Irvine and the School of Biological Sciences and would be honored to mentor undergraduates and/or graduates of the school.

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