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Michael Karatsu, Pharm D.


Michael Karatsu is an associate of PECA and has twenty years of clinical and financial healthcare experience in a variety of settings. He worked as a clinical pharmacist for a major integrated delivery network in Southern California. While serving as a clinical pharmacist, Dr. Karatsu developed unit dose, IV additive, total parenteral nutrition formulation, and aminoglycoside dosing protocols.

Following his experience as a clinical pharmacist, Dr. Karatsu joined a national accounting firm serving as a manager in the Southern California office. In this capacity, he applied his clinical and financial background to a variety of client hospital projects including extensive operational reviews of clinical and support departments, market analyses, prospective financial analyses, and due diligence engagements. In addition to this experience, he was a member of the national materials management competency team to support the development of the National Performance Indicators projects co-ventured with the American Society for Healthcare Materials Management of the American Hospital Association.

During his extensive experience, Dr. Karatsu has serviced as an assistant hospital controller, hospital controller, and administrator of a multi-specialty clinic. He has served as faculty for educational programs sponsored by the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the American Society for Healthcare Materials Management.

Recently, Dr. Karatsu conducted a clinical and operational analysis of the Pharmacy department for a major Southern California healthcare organization. His activities included review of the organization structure, staffing, services, clinical programs, and drug utilization by product line. In addition, Dr. Karatsu has conducted drug utilization analyses in conjunction with the PACERTM programs.

Dr. Karatsu received his Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Southern California.