May 21, 2020

American Pharmacists Association Announces Recipients of 202

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) today announced the selection of recipients of the APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice & Management Awards, APhA Academy of Pharmaceutical Research & Science Awards, and APhA Academy of Student Pharmacist Awards as part of the 2020 APhA Awards and Honors Program. Honorees will be officially recognized at the APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition in National Harbor, MD, March 20–23, 2020. The APhA Awards and Honors Program is the most comprehensive recognition program in the profession of pharmacy.

APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice & Management (APhA–APPM) Awards:

  • Daniel B. Smith Practice Excellence Award – Joseph J. Saseen, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, of Denver, CO. The award recognizes a pharmacy practitioner, in any practice setting, who has distinguished himself/herself and the profession through outstanding performance and achievements.
  • APhA Pharmacy Management Excellence Award – James A. Kirby, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, FAPhA, of Cincinnati, Ohio. The award recognizes an individual who has developed and/or implemented an innovative, original pharmacy program or service which is significant to their area of practice.
  • Distinguished Achievement Award in Pharmacy Practice – 
    • Kelli D. Barnes, PharmD, BCACP, of Columbus, Ohio; Sonak D. Pastakia, PharmD, MPH, PhD, BCPS, FCCP, of Eldorat, Kenya.

The award recognizes an APhA member, in any practice setting, who has distinguished himself/herself and the profession through outstanding performance in the area of pharmacy practice.

  • William H. Briner Distinguished Achievement Award in Nuclear Pharmacy Practice – Jeffrey A. Clanton, MS, DPh, BCNP, of Nashville, TN. The award recognizes an APhA–APPM member who has made significant or sustained contributions to the practice of nuclear pharmacy.

APhA Academy of Pharmaceutical Research & Science (APhA–APRS) Awards:

  • Ebert Prize – Shingo Ito, PhD of Kumamoto, Japan. The award recognizes the author(s) of the best report of original investigation of a medicinal substance published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences (JPharmSci). For the article, "Involvement of an Orphan Transporter, SLC22A18, in Cell Growth and Drug Resistance of Human Breast Cancer MCF7 Cells"
  • Clinical Research Paper Award – Juanita A. Draime, PhD, of Dayton, Ohio. The award promotes and encourages high-quality clinical research or practice-based research in the clinical sciences by recognizing an original research article in this area which has been published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA). For the article "Description and comparison of medication diversion in pharmacies by pharmacists, interns, and pharmacy technicians"
  • Research Achievement Award in the Pharmaceutical Sciences – Philip S. Portoghese, PhD, B.S. & M.S, of Minneapolis, MN. The award recognizes and encourages outstanding, meritorious achievement in any of the pharmaceutical sciences.
  • Wiederholt Prize for Best Published Papers Award for Economic, Social, and Administrative Sciences – Yiran Zhang, PhD, of Richmond, VA. The award recognizes the best paper published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA), that describes original investigation in economic, social or administrative sciences related to pharmacy. For the paper "Consumer decision making for using comprehensive medication review services"
  • The Tyler Prize for Stimulation of Research – James Cloyd, PharmD, of Edina, MN. The award recognizes an individual(s) for encouraging research by peers, students, fellows, residents, and others via publications or by directing research, serving as a preceptor, or mentoring in any discipline of the pharmaceutical sciences.

APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA–ASP):

  • Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award – Sarah Frank Uroza, PharmD, Lipscomb University. The award recognizes advisors of APhA–ASP Chapters who have promoted, with distinction, the welfare of student pharmacists through various patient care project, community outreach, leadership development and professional opportunities.
  • Outstanding Dean Award – Donald E. Letendre, BSPh, PharmD, FASHP, The University of Iowa. The award recognizes school or college of pharmacy Deans who have made significant contributions to APhA–ASP chapters and who have promoted, with distinction, the welfare of student pharmacists through various community service, leadership and professional activities.
  • Good Government Student Pharmacist-of-the-Year Award Scotty Reams, University of Kentucky. The award recognizes a student pharmacist who has successfully organized student pharmacist grassroots activity within their chapter and actively promoted the value of advocating for the profession.
  • APhA Student Leadership Awards Kathryn B. Albert, University of South Florida; Connor M. Anderson, Ferris State University; Matthew Broadwater, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Laurie Plewinski, University at Buffalo. Established in 1983, the APhA Student Leadership Awards recognize outstanding academic achievement and leadership ability in APhA-ASP at the local, regional, and national levels of students who are currently in their next to the last year of pharmacy school.

For further information on the award recipients, go to the APhA Awards and Honors Program on

­­About the American Pharmacists Association
The American Pharmacists Association, founded in 1852 as the American Pharmaceutical Association, is a 501 (c)(6) organization, representing 60,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and others interested in advancing the profession. APhA is dedicated to helping all pharmacists improve medication use and advance patient care and is the first and largest association of pharmacists in the United States. For more information, please visit

The APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice & Management (APhA–APPM) is dedicated to assisting members in enhancing the profession of pharmacy, improving medication use and advancing patient care. APhA serves pharmacists in all practice settings, including independent and chain community pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, health maintenance organizations, federal facilities, nuclear pharmacies and other specialized settings. The Academy is also home to the APhA-APPM Special Interest Groups (SIGs). The SIGs are member-driven groups focused on key areas of interest. All members receive access to continuing education, an online community of practitioners, networking and leadership opportunities, tools and resources for developing patient care services, and cutting-edge information on medication therapy management and regulatory issues facing the profession.

The APhA Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APhA–APRS) stimulates the discovery, dissemination and application of research to improve patient health and serves pharmacists and those members who are involved in the pharmaceutical sciences. Members of APhA may choose to belong to a primary section within APhA–APRS based on their area of research. The Academy is governed by an Executive Council comprising elected leaders from the three Sections of APhA–APRS: Basic Sciences; Clinical Sciences; and Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences (ESAS). Members receive access to continuing education, an online community for pharmacists, networking and leadership opportunities, premier research journals such as JAPhA and JPharmSci, and cutting-edge information on medication therapy management and regulatory issues facing the profession.

About APhA–ASP                                                                             
The APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA–ASP) represents student pharmacists at every school and college of pharmacy in the United States and Puerto Rico. The mission of APhA–ASP is to be the collective voice of student pharmacists, to provide opportunities for professional growth, to improve patient care, and to envision and advance the future of pharmacy.

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