Title: Chief Executive Officer
Company: Oceanview Publishing
Location: Longboat Key, Florida, United States
Robert Z. Gussin, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer at Oceanview Publishing, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medical research.
Originally planning a career in pharmacy, Dr. Gussin soon realized he preferred medical research and turned his pursuits to a career in pharmacology. He began as a research pharmacologist at Lederle Laboratories in 1967, a role he held for two years. He continued with Lederle as a group leader in the department of cardiovascular/ renal pharmacology for four more years. Thereafter, he served at Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil Laboratories as the executive director of research, vice president of the research division, vice president of research and development, and vice president of science affairs between 1974 and 1986. Subsequently, he held the role of corporate vice president and chief scientific officer at the prestigious Johnson & Johnson for 14 years. He retired from Johnson & Johnson in 2000.
Since 2006, Dr. Gussin has been the chief executive officer of Oceanview Publishing, a company dedicated to publishing mystery, thriller and suspense novels. Since its inception, the company has published more than 200 books by more than 75 authors, with books sold in more than thirty countries, including many bestsellers. During this time, he co-authored with his wife, Patricia Gussin, “What’s Next for You? The Gussin Guide to Big Changes, Big Decisions and Big Fun” in 2009. He also wrote “Trash Talk” in 2006 and, much earlier in his career, “Introduction to Cardiovascular Pharmacology” in 1976. Most recently, he and his wife received the Thriller Legend Award from International Thriller Writers in July 2018. During his tenure in pharmacology, he was also a member of the editorial board of New Drug Evaluations, Drug Development and Pharmacotherapy. In light of his exceptional research contributions, he accepted the National Medal of Technology at the White House in 1996 on behalf of Johnson & Johnson for contributions to health care around the world.
To prepare for his career, Dr. Gussin pursued formal education at Duquesne University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy and Master of Science in pharmacology in 1959 and 1961, respectively. He subsequently went on to receive a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan in 1965, followed by postdoctoral work at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse from 1965 to 1967. He has maintained membership with numerous organizations in order to remain abreast of developments within the field, including the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, the American Society of Nephrology, the American Federation for Clinical Research, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the New York Academy of Sciences ,and the American Heart Association, among others.
When he is not involved in the sciences or in publication, Dr. Gussin spends his time tending to his two vineyards located in Marlborough on the southern island of New Zealand. One of his vineyards overlooks the Pacific Ocean in the Awatere Valley, while the other vineyard is situated on the “Golden Mile” in Blenheim, the heartland of Marlborough wine country. Harvesting sauvignon blanc, pinot noir and chardonnay grapes, his wine is purchased through the Villa Maria Estates Winery, the most awarded winery in New Zealand.
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