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Dr. Sean Nordt

Professor, Gavin Herbert Endowed Professor
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Chief Medical Officer
School of Pharmacy
Office Location: Rinker Health Science Campus 204
Phone: (714) 516-5410
St. John's University, Bachelor of Science
St. John's University, Doctor of Pharmacy
University College Dublin, Doctorate of Medicine


Sean Patrick Nordt, M.D., Pharm.D. is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Chief Medical Officer and the Gavin Herbert Endowed Professor of Pharmacy at the Chapman University School of Pharmacy.

Prior to joining the School of Pharmacy’s Administrative team, he was an Assistant Dean of Pre-Health Education at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine. He was also the Director of the Minor in Health Care Studies and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine. While at the University of Southern California, he held various positions including: Director of the Section of Toxicology, Chair of Medication Safety, member of the Admissions, Curriculum, Student Affairs, Educational Affairs, Accreditation, and Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committees. In addition, he served on multiple Department of Emergency Medicine committees.

He is board certified emergency physician and dual-board certified toxicologist. Dr. Nordt is also a Fellow of American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, Fellow of the American College of Medical Toxicology. He is a former trustee of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology and former Chairman of their membership committee. Dr. Nordt has also served on a number of American Board of Applied Toxicology committees including credentialing and screening. He has received several teaching awards.

Dr. Nordt’s career began as a hospital pharmacist in New York. This was followed by a two-year fellowship in Clinical Toxicology at the University of California, San Diego. Following his first fellowship he became the Associate Director of the California Poison Control System San Diego Division and adjunct faculty at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy. Dr. Nordt then obtained his medical degree. This was followed by an internship at the University of Maryland. He completed both an emergency medicine residency and medical toxicology fellowship at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Nordt is an international expert in emergency medicine and toxicology with a concentration on addiction, drugs of abuse and envenomations. He has authored over fifty original publications and multiple book chapters. He is a faculty member of the renowned groundbreaking emergency medicine podcast EM-RAP and a nationally and internationally recognized lecturer.

His teaching and research interests include: illicit drugs of abuse, prescription medication abuse, smoking cessation, addiction medicine, withdrawal syndromes, student and faculty well-being, mindfulness, career development and satisfaction, alternative therapies, decision making, rattlesnake envenomation, widow spider envenomation, marine envenomation, energy drink use, pharmacokinetics, gastrointestinal decontamination techniques, expanding roles of pharmacists in the changing healthcare landscape, resident and student education and undergraduate health care education.

He has been a regular guest lecturer at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy and various undergraduate classes. Dr. Nordt has been a guest lecturer at the University of California, San Diego School of Pharmacy. In addition, Dr. Nordt is regularly invited to give hospital grand rounds nationally on a wide range of topics. In addition, Dr. Nordt routinely gives media interviews on television, radio and print media on pharmacology, toxicology, addiction and emergency medicine topics.