Carolyn Ma

Carolyn Ma, Pharm.D., FNAP

Associate Professor

Carolyn Ma received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the U. of California at San Francisco and completed a Clinical Pharmacy Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and an Oncology Pharmacy Specialty Residency at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ma practiced as the first oncology clinical pharmacy specialist at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu and is Board Certified in Oncology Pharmacy Practice.

She went on to work as Vice President for Clinical Program Development for AmMed International in Hong Kong, China. Prior to her joining the college, she was a pharmacy and hospital management consultant for various hospitals including Stanford Hospitals and Clinics with expertise in The Joint Commission’s Medication Management Chapter, pharmacy and clinic workflow redesign and organizational development.

Her areas of interest include pharmacy and Interprofessional education and academia, Experiential learning, Human Papilloma Virus vaccination and Health Care Policy and legislation. In 2007, Dr. Ma returned home to Hawai’i to join the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy as the Clinical Education Coordinator and Director of Experientials. In 2009 she became the Chair for Pharmacy Practice, in 2015 she was named the interim Dean and permanent Dean in 2016.

Her work with key Hawai’i partners outside of the college includes serving on the Boards of the Hawaii State Board of Pharmacy and the Hawaii Pharmacists Association. She is the contributing editor for the DKICP’s column Scripts, with the Hawaii Journal of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Ma is the recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia, the lifetime service achievement award.

Contact information

Hawai'i Island Office:
Office: Hale Kihoʻihoʻi, Room 216
Office Phone: (808) 932-8120
Fax Phone: (808) 932-8117

Oahu Office:
Office: 677 Ala Moana Blvd, GB Suite 1025
Office Phone: (808) 587-2697
Fax Phone: (808) 537-2699




  • B.S. Biology - University of Santa Clara
  • Doctor of Pharmacy - University of California at San Francisco
  • Pharmacy Practice Residency - Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • Oncology Pharmacy Practice Advanced Residency - Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania


  • Leadership Award – Hawaii Pharmacists Association (HPHA)
  • National Community Pharmacy Association (NCPA) Pharmacy Leadership Award
  • Bowl of Hygeia, Awarded by the Hawaii Pharmacists Association
  • Excellence in Teaching, Teacher of the Year Award, Dept. of Pharmacy Practice from UH Hilo DKICP Class of 2012


  • RMATRIX II Pilot Projects 2017-2018 Assessing providers' views of increasing HPV vaccination uptake through the utilization of Pharmacists, Grant # 5US 54MD 007584-07, NIMHD (Project PI: May Rose Delacruz, Ph.D, Co-PI Carolyn Ma, PharmD., Reni Soon, MD) $50,000. Awarded May 2017.
  • The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice, Principle Investigator Maureen Shannon, DNP, University of Hawai’i School of Nursing and Dental Health, Submitted July 15, 2016, Funded September 2016. Carolyn Ma, In kind – 10%
  • Pacific Islands Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program, Proposal # 11536 Health and Human Services Dept – HRSA Federal, Aida Wen, MD (PI), Kamal Masaki (Co-Investigator), Grant $2,392,000.00 (Funded July 2015), Carolyn Ma portion ($25,000/yr for three years (2015-2017)