Robert C. Owens, Jr., Pharm.D.  


Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

Medical Pharmacy Specialist, Infectious Diseases

Department of Pharmacy Services

Division of Infectious Diseases

22 Bramhall Street

Maine Medical Center

Portland, Maine 04102

Tel: 207-662-6294



Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Medicine

University of Vermont, College of Medicine

Burlington, Vermont


Robert C. Owens, Jr, PharmD is the Co-Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Diseases for the Department of Pharmacy Services and Division of Infectious Diseases at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. In addition, he is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Vermont, College of Medicine in Burlington and serves as a faculty member of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program at Maine Medical Center.

Dr. Owens received his PharmD at Mercer University School of Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating, he completed his residency in clinical pharmacy practice at DeKalb Medical Center in Atlanta and went on to complete his fellowship training in Infectious Diseases at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut.

Dr. Owens’ research interests include antimicrobial pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, antimicrobial stewardship (serves on the IDSA/SHEA Guideline Committee in this area), C. difficile-associated disease (one of the individuals who discovered the epidemic, BI/NAP1 strain), health outcomes & economics, as well as antimicrobial therapy in the geriatric population, among others. He has functioned as the principle investigator and co-investigator on numerous Phase I-IV studies since 1995 and has over 100 abstracts and publications in the peer-reviewed literature including journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and Clinical Infectious Diseases. He has recently served as the editor-in-chief of two books on antimicrobial stewardship (2005, Marcel Dekker) and antimicrobial resistance (2007, Informa Healthcare). In 2006, he and his coauthors were awarded the James H. Nakano Citation for Outstanding Paper Published in 2005” by the National Center for Infectious Diseases and the CDC, and the “Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy Impact Paper of the Year award” by the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists. The antimicrobial stewardship program run by Drs. Owens and Stogsdill, has won two Paul M. Cox, Jr., Memorial medical quality awards at Maine Medical Center (2003, 2006).

Dr. Owens locally, nationally and internationally represents Maine Medical Center and has furthered his profession by serving as a member of the CLSI subcommittee on inpatient medication use and was appointed as consultant to the Anti-Infective Advisory Committee of the FDA (SGE status) in 2006. He is also a member of the editorial boards of Pharmacotherapy, Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, TheraDoc, and the Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopeia and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous other journals that include the New England Journal of Medicine, Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, the Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, and Clinical Infectious Diseases.