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ACCP Report - August 2014

DiPiro Named 2014 Parker Medalist

Joseph T. DiPiro, Pharm.D., FCCP

Joseph T. DiPiro, Pharm.D., FCCP, has been chosen by the Parker Medal Selection Committee as the 2014 recipient of the College’s Paul F. Parker Medal for Distinguished Service to the Profession of Pharmacy. Dr. DiPiro, now dean at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, has served as a leader of clinical pharmacy practice, education, and research for more than 3 decades.

Paul Parker was one of clinical pharmacy’s most influential proponents. Before his death in 1998, Dr. Parker spent 24 years as director of pharmacy at the Chandler Medical Center/University of Kentucky in Lexington. His innovations include developing decentralized pharmacy services, placing pharmacists in the hospital’s clinical areas, and developing the nation’s first pharmacist-staffed drug information center. Dr. Parker’s vision for pharmacy practice was passed along to the more than 150 residents and fellows who trained in the Kentucky program during his tenure. These disciples include many of today’s leaders in clinical pharmacy who continue to pass on his wisdom and vision to their trainees. The Paul F. Parker Medal recognizes an individual who has made outstanding and sustained contributions to the profession that improve patient or service outcomes, create innovative practices, affect populations of patients, further the professional role of pharmacists, or expand the recognition of pharmacists as health professionals.

In making its selection, the Parker Medal Selection Committee commented on Dr. DiPiro’s many contributions to clinical pharmacy and the pharmacy profession, noting that they “recognized the breadth and depth of his contributions to the field. He has an exceptional record as an academician and researcher in clinical pharmacy and has added significantly to moving the profession forward. In addition, his leadership of the American Journal of Pharmacy Education has been outstanding and certainly contributed to his national prominence.” The committee went on to say,

His name has become nearly synonymous with the foremost text on pharmacotherapy such that everyone has heard of “DiPiro” to the point it’s a part of our vernacular. Joe has held numerous national offices and is clearly recognized as a leader both from within and outside the pharmacy profession.

Dr. DiPiro’s career has been intertwined with the development of the clinical pharmacy discipline. As a resident trainee under Mr. Parker at the University of Kentucky, he found himself in the midst of clinical pharmacy’s emergence. Among his early mentors was the founding editor of Pharmacotherapy, Russell Miller. Later in his career, after the death of Dr. Miller, Dr. DiPiro was instrumental in helping establish Pharmacotherapy as ACCP’s official journal. He served as a member and chair of numerous ACCP committees and task forces, was elected to both the ACCP Board of Regents and the ACCP Research Institute Board of Trustees, and served as ACCP president in 2005.

Dr. DiPiro has received many awards, including the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Connecticut, the Robert G. Leonard Lecture Award from the University of Texas at Austin, the Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the ACCP Russell R. Miller Award, and the Phi Lambda Sigma National Leadership Award. He has been elected as a Fellow of both ACCP and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2006, he was inducted as a member of the Academy of Pharmacy Practice of the National Academies of Practice.

Dr. DiPiro’s nominator, Philip Hall, professor and campus dean at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy, wrote in his letter of nomination,

Whether serving as a department chair at the University of Georgia or the Executive Dean at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP), he has demonstrated superb administrative skills. He establishes high standards but demonstrates openness and flexibility. He served as Executive Dean for the SCCP for nine years where he guided the SCCP to bring together two different university cultures, guided the SCCP thru the accreditation process, and steered the successful graduation of five classes from the SCCP. Within the SCCP, he has demonstrated a strong dedication to diversity. In 2010, he received the Martin Luther King Diversity Award from the Intercollegiate Black History Consortium.

Barbara Wells, dean emeritus and professor emeritus at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, concluded in her letter of support,

Dr. DiPiro is a creative, driven, and gifted leader who continues to inspire and develop faculty at all levels. There is no question that he is at the top of his profession. Almost everyone in pharmacy education and clinical pharmacy in the U.S. is familiar with his work as a researcher and his sustained contributions to patient care and education. His many awards speak to his national recognition and to the quality and significance of his work. I can think of no one with a more recognizable and respected name in pharmacy education.

The 2014 Paul F. Parker Medal will be presented during the Opening General Session at the 2014 ACCP Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, on Sunday morning, October 12. Dr. DiPiro will attend to accept the medal and deliver a brief acceptance address. The Parker Medal Selection Committee is composed of representatives from member organizations of the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners, together with past presidents of ACCP. Members of the 2014 committee are William Kehoe (chair), Gilbert Burckart, Rodney Carter, Diane Ginsburg, James (Rusty) Hailey, John Murphy, Jenelle Sobotka, George Spratto, Glen Stimmel, and Barbara Wells.