Kelechi C Ogbonna, PharmD, MSHA
Dean, VCU School of Pharmacy
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  • School of Pharmacy - Dean's Office
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    Box 980581
    Richmond, VA 23298-0581
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    (804) 827-0002
Kelechi “K.C.” Ogbonna, Pharm.D., M.S.H.A., was named dean of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy in December 2022 having served as interim dean for the 6 months prior. Before that appointment, he served as associate dean of admissions and student services at the School of Pharmacy, overseeing recruitment and student support for the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Dr. Ogbonna has a fantastic record of innovation and delivering results for students, patients, faculty and staff. As a pharmacist and educator, Dr. Ogbonna has focused on connecting communities with health care, improving health disparities and expanding access to the health professions. Dr. Ogbonna is the recipient of the Riese-Melton Award, VCU’s highest honor for academic and administrative leadership on issues related to diversity and inclusion. He also has received the 10 Under 10 Award from the Virginia Pharmacists Association, the President’s Award from the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, and the Black History in the Making Award from VCU’s departments of health administration and African American studies. Dr. Ogbonna earned his Pharm.D. at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and a Master’s in Health Administration from VCU. He completed his PGY-1 general pharmacy practice residency and PGY-2 geriatric pharmacy residency within the Veteran Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven, Connecticut. He joined VCU School of Pharmacy in 2012 as an assistant professor, teaching geriatrics and helping to create the Richmond Health and Wellness Program, the precursor to the VCU Health Hub at 25th. Dr. Ogbonna was also founding director of the school’s postgraduate geriatric residency program. He currently holds the rank of professor at VCU.

Area of Focus

  • Geriatrics


  • Pharm.D., Pharmacy (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, 2010)
  • M.S., Health Administration (Virginia Commonwealth University, 2017)

Post-Graduate Training

  • PGY-1 Residency - Pharmacy Practice (VA Connecticut Healthcare System, 2010)
  • PGY-2 Residency - Geriatrics (VA Connecticut Healthcare System, 2011)

Professional and Scholarly Interests

  • Community engagement, medication utilization, anticoagulation, and healthy aging


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Recent Publications

  • Dixon DL, Donohoe KL, Ogbonna KC, Barden SM. Current drug treatment of hyperlipidemia in older adults. Drugs Aging. 2015 Feb;32(2):127-38.
  • Peron EP, Ogbonna KC, Donohoe KL. Antidiabetic medications and polypharmacy. Clin Geriatr Med. 2015 Feb;31(1):17-27, vii.
  • Ogbonna KC, Delafuente, Jeffrey. The Complicated Patient. In: David Angaran, ed. Medication Therapy Management – A Comprehensive Approach. New York, NY: McGraw Hill; 2014: 11.
  • Ogbonna KC, Clifford KM. Moving Beyond Warfarin-Are We Ready?: A Review of the Efficacy and Safety of Novel Anticoagulant Agents Compared to Warfarin for the Management of Atrial Fibrillation in Older Adults. J Gerontol Nurs. 2013 Jul;39(7):8-17.
  • Ogbonna KC, Jeffery S. Atrial Fibrillation & Anticoagulation in the Elderly. Drugs & Aging. Drugs Aging. 2013 Jul;30(7):513-25.