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ACCP Report - September 2019

Fagan, Forinash, Matzke, Murphy, Nutescu and Romanelli to Receive ACCP Honors in New York

Susan C. Fagan, Alicia B. Forinash, Gary R. Matzke, John E.Murphy, Edith A. Nutescu and Frank Romanelli have been selected by the College’s Awards Committee to receive ACCP’s prestigious 2019 Therapeutic Frontiers Lecture Award, Clinical Practice Award, C. Edwin Webb Professional Advocacy Award, Robert M. Elenbaas Service Award, Russell R. Miller Award, and Education Award respectively. The awards will be presented in New York, New York, on Sunday morning, October 27, during the Awards and Recognition Ceremony of the College’s 2019 Annual Meeting.

Susan C. Fagan, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS

The ACCP Therapeutic Frontiers Lecture Award recognizes an individual, including ACCP member and nonmember nominees, who has made outstanding contributions to pharmacotherapeutics in his or her field. Among the criteria for this award is the broad acknowledgment that the recipient is currently considered at the leading edge of research in the field. Susan C. Fagan, Pharm.D., is the interim director of Interprofessional Education, College of Pharmacy, at the University of Georgia (UGA). She is also the assistant dean and director for the Center for Pharmacy and Experimental Therapeutics, Medical College of Georgia (MCG) at Georgia Regents University as well as adjunct professor of neurology at MCG. Her career has focused on advancing novel therapies for stroke through her own research as well as her commitment to shaping research policy, and she has contributed to major advances in the field. Dr. Adviye Ergul, a regents professor, Veterans Affairs research career scientist, and director of the graduate program in physiology at Augusta University, wrote in her letter of support:

Dr. Fagan’s academic activities are truly multifaceted. First, she is an exceptional scholar with well over 180 publications highly cited in the field. She continues to be active in the field and to push the envelope of stroke research and therapeutic development. Susan is widely regarded as a highly creative scientist who is known to challenge conventional paradigms and to move the field forward. Second, she is a superb mentor, who has trained scores of students and continues to be an inspiration to future scientists. She has received several teaching awards and has steadily contributed to the teaching mission of the University. Third, she continues to be an active participant in the academic and administrative life of the University of Georgia having served as Interim Head of the Department of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy, Assistant Dean, and Associate Head of the Department of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy. Therefore, her remarkable productivity and leadership status in stroke research is well matched by a superb record of mentoring and contribution to the administrative mission of the University. Her dedication was recognized, and she was awarded the Distinguished Research Professorship of UGA.

Fagan has served on multiple editorial boards, including those for Stroke, Translational Stroke Research, and the Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment Program (fifth edition), and she currently serves on the editorial board for She has been elected as a Fellow of ACCP, the Stroke Council, and the American Heart Association and as a Women’s Leadership Fellow from UGA. She has received numerous national awards for her work, including the ACCP BMS Central Nervous System Research Award, the Wayne State University Career Development Chair Award, and the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Gustavus A. Pfeiffer Faculty Development Fellowship Award and is a UGA Distinguished Research Professor.

Alicia B. Forinash, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP

The ACCP Clinical Practice Award is given to a College member who has made substantial and outstanding contributions to clinical pharmacy practice. The criteria considered in identifying potential candidates include exceptional leadership in developing innovative clinical pharmacy services and sustained excellence in providing them. Alicia B. Forinash, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS, BCACP, is a clinical pharmacy specialist with the Maternal Fetal Care and Women and Infant Substance Help (WISH) Center at SSM Health St. Mary’s in St. Louis, Missouri, and a professor for the department of Pharmacy Practice Specialty Care Division in the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Forinash is a nationally recognized expert in medication use in pregnancy and other women’s health issues. Dr. Tricia Berry, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, highlighted Forinash’s many contributions to the practice of clinical pharmacy in her letter of support:

In the WISH (Women and Infants Substance Help) clinic, which targets heroin-addicted obstetric patients, Dr. Forinash is consulted on all new patient evaluations to determine if methadone or buprenorphine would be preferred, acute pregnancy issues, chronic disease management (e.g. asthma, depression), cessation assistance and potential drug interactions. Based on the success of the clinic, over $1 million was provided by the SSM Network and other external funds to expand the clinic from 1–2 half-days per week to 4 full-days per week in 2017. The clinic received an Award for Excellence from the Network. Dr. Forinash has not only provided incredible direct patient care to many patients and made a positive difference in the outcomes of those mothers and babies, but she has also exposed many students and residents to her clinical pharmacy services…. Dr. Forinash has also made significant accomplishments in research and scholarly activity. She routinely has multiple projects underway in her practice, has received grants and has many notable publications and presentations. Of note, she is author and editor of “Drug Use in Pregnancy and Lactation,” the gold standard reference in this area…. Dr. Forinash has an incredibly unique, innovative and impactful pharmacist role! The extent of her knowledge and expertise and the uniqueness of her innovative pharmacy practice role warrant additional recognition at a national level.

Forinash was the inaugural recipient of the ACCP Women’s Health PRN Vital Contributions in Women’s Health award, and her textbook was nominated for Obstetrics and Gynecology Book of the Year by the British Medical Association in 2018. At the time of her nomination, she had published over 50 peer-reviewed publications and delivered more than 40 poster presentations.

Gary R. Matzke, Pharm.D., FCCP, FASN

The C. Edwin Webb Professional Advocacy Award is given only when a particularly noteworthy candidate is identified who has made outstanding contributions to the visibility and value of clinical pharmacy in national policy, intraprofessional, and/or interprofessional arenas. This award recognizes an ACCP member who has assembled a record of mentoring others who have gone on to assume a health professions and/or health policy leadership role and is recognized as an ambassador for clinical pharmacy both within and outside the profession. Gary R. Matzke, Pharm.D., BSPharm, FCCP, FCP, FASN, FAAS, is professor emeritus in the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Tracy M. Hagemann, professor and associate dean, University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, Nashville, Tennessee, wrote in her letter of support:

Dr. Matzke exemplifies the ideals demonstrated by C. Edwin Webb. He is a perfect choice as the first recipient. Dr. Matzke was a health policy fellow in a program sponsored for mid-career faculty by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AACP/AAAS) from 2003 to 2005. He served as a fellow on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions under the chairmanship of Senator Judd Gregg. While he already had a truly distinguished career with a clinical pharmacy focus in nephrology, and extensive involvement in professional organizations such as ACCP, where he had been a founder of the Nephrology PRN and a fellow and member of the board of regents, he developed an interest in public policy. While serving as the health policy fellow, he realized the need for younger individuals to have the same types of valuable experiences and opportunities, and at the time, there was not a clear path for pharmacists and other health profession members to achieve this. After completion of this fellowship, he founded the VCU Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow Program for pharmacists to bring a “boots on the ground” real life application to the policy process. Dr. Matzke realized how important it is for the future of pharmacy to have pharmacists who not only understand how policy works on a national level, making and analyzing sound policies, but also to have pharmacists actively engage in the policy process directly. The VCU program prepares fellows for a career in government affairs, or as a healthcare policy/health system researcher in academia. Now in its 19th year, the program is a joint venture between VCU, ACCP and ASHP. To date, 11 fellows have completed the program and one current fellow is matriculating. All of these program alumni have continued to stay involved in policy and healthcare outcomes…. Ed has a tremendous influence on pharmacist professional advocacy from an organizational standpoint, and I truly feel that Dr. Matzke has been similarly involved and influential from the academic and clinical reals. He has been a trailblazer. I cannot think of anyone more highly deserving of this recognition.

At the time of his nomination, Matzke had published over 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals as well as 67 book contributions and had earned 135 funded grant proposals. He has received numerous honors and awards, including Fellowship of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2015 and Elected Senior Fellow of National Academies of Practice in 2010.

John E. Murphy, Pharm.D.,FCCP, FASHP

Robert M. Elenbaas served as ACCP’s founding executive director from 1986 through 2003. During his 17-year tenure, he exemplified the characteristics of a servant-leader committed to the advancement of clinical pharmacy and ACCP. The Elenbaas Service Award is given only when a particularly noteworthy candidate is identified in recognition of outstanding contributions to the vitality of ACCP or to the advancement of its goals that are well above the usual devotion of time, energy, or material goods. John E. Murphy, Pharm.D., BSPharm, FCCP, FASHP, is a professor for the Department of Pharmacy Science and Practice at the University of Arizona (UA) College of Pharmacy; a professor of clinical, family, and community medicine at UA; an adjunct professor of pharmacotherapy at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy; an honorary professor at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand; and a center investigator for the Center for Health Outcomes & PharmacoEconomic Research at UA. A past president of ACCP, Murphy has actively been engaged in service to the College and the pharmacy profession throughout his career. Dr. Milap C. Nahata, also a past ACCP president and now director of the Institute of Therapeutic Innovations and Outcomes and professor emeritus at The Ohio State University, wrote in his letter of support:

John became a member of ACCP in 1980, within a year of its inception, and has an enviable record of exemplary service to the organization matched by few. He quickly became actively engaged in ACCP and has served as a member or chair of numerous committees including Clinical Practice, Educational Affairs, Research Affairs Program, Nominations, Paul Parker Medal, Budget and Finance, Poster Review, Poster Awards, Board Certification Affairs and Abstract Reviews. He has provided multiple years of service on some of these committees as well as the Task Force on Residencies…. I am impressed by both the breadth and depth of his committee service, and the sustained record of this service during the past 35 years (1984-present). John served as ACCP President-Elect, President and Past President during 2007-10. He was board liaison on various committees, PRNs and the Research Institute within ACCP, and represented ACCP at other organizations including APhA and JCPP. In my view what distinguishes John’s service going “above and beyond” would be two additional significant contributions. First, he appointed the national STUNET Advisory Committee with one of the charges to develop a national student pharmacist competition. This competition was successfully implemented as a live program and John has played the key roles as serving on the Item Review Panel and the Final Item Review Panels followed by clearly articulating the final questions, and then being the moderator at the events over the past 5 years. This clearly required an unusual devotion of time and energy. The second significant contribution of John has been to serve as the co-editor of PSAP for more than 10 therapeutic areas including cardiology, infectious diseases, CNS, and hematology/immunology/oncology. He has been the “voice of PSAP” for ACCP on various audios as well. This is another example of going “above and beyond” and reflects his commitment and devotion to advancement of ACCP’s goals. I served on the ACCP Board as a Regent and then as President, and had the opportunities to work closely with Bob Elenbaas, then ACCP executive director. I see many of the attributes of John which are similar to Bob’s as a tireless, caring leader. Frankly, I cannot think of anyone more qualified for the Elenbaas Service Award than John.

At the time of his nomination, Murphy had published more than 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 34 book chapters and had served as a reviewer for 13 journals, including the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, Drug Safety, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, and Annals of Pharmacotherapy. He has also served on the editorial boards of several journals. Murphy was elected as a Fellow of ACCP in 1989, a Fellow of the American College of Pharmacology in 1991, and a Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists in 2001.

Edith A. Nutescu, Pharm.D., MS, FCCP

Russell R. Miller was the founding editor of the College’s journal Pharmacotherapy. The Russell R. Miller Award is presented in recognition of substantial contributions to the literature of clinical pharmacy, thereby advancing both clinical pharmacy practice and rational pharmacotherapy. Edith A. Nutescu, Pharm.D., M.S., FCCP, is a tenured associate professor of pharmacy in the Department of Pharmacy Systems Outcomes and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also serves as clinical pharmacist with the Personalized Medicine Program, Cardiovascular Pharmacogenomics, and the Department of Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Services at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System in Chicago. At the time of her nomination, Nutescu had published over 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals with 13 more manuscripts in progress, 15 papers in non–peer-reviewed journals, 20 book chapters, and over 100 abstracts, among several creative works in news and media reports. Dr. Ann K. Wittkowsky, director of anticoagulation services at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy, commented on Nutescu’s important contributions to the literature in her letter of nomination:

Dr. Nutescu has been a leader in the subspecialty of antithrombotic pharmacotherapy for over 2 decades. During her earliest years in clinical practice, she recognized the importance of sharing observations and summarizing available information for clinical pharmacists. She demonstrated a unique ability to synthesize complex material in an accessible manner for a generalist audience, while considering intricate details within this specialized field. As she expanded her publishing reach to a multidisciplinary audience, Dr. Nutescu became a highly regarded translator of antithrombotic pharmacotherapy for other disciplines. Many of the review articles that Dr. Nutescu has published about specific topics within this field are “go-to” references in clinical training, continuing education programs, and bedside clinical care around the world. She has participated in the development and publication of national and international guidelines in thrombosis and anticoagulation, as well as serving as editor of special journal issues and textbooks on antithrombotic pharmacotherapy. Her book chapters in the primary clinical pharmacy textbooks have been used by thousands of pharmacy students during their training. As a result, Dr. Nutescu’s influence on the understanding of this field is unparalleled.

Nutescu serves as a scientific editor for Pharmacotherapy, and she has previously received several other prestigious honors, including the ACCP Distinguished Researcher Award, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation Medication Use Safety Excellence Award, the International Society for Pharmacogenomics and Outcomes Research Best Research Award, and the ASHP Distinguished Service Award. She received ACCP Fellow recognition in 2007.

Frank Romanelli, Pharm D., MPH, BCPS

The ACCP Education Award recognizes an ACCP member who has made substantial and outstanding contributions to clinical pharmacy education at either the professional or postgraduate level. Frank Romanelli, Pharm.D., MPH, FAPhA, BCPS, AAHIVP, is interim associate dean in the Department of Academic and Student Affairs at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and a clinical specialist in the division of infectious disease, Department of Internal Medicine in the University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, Kentucky. Dr. Sara Brouse, professor and regional dean, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Abilene Campus, wrote in her letter of support:

Dr. Romanelli has always taught with innovation in mind. He was a recipient of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Teaching Innovations Award in 2004 and the UK College of Pharmacy Michael J. Lach Innovative Teaching Practice Award in 2013. His vision and innovative spirit have been paramount to influencing curricular change since he joined the UK College of Pharmacy following residency. Dr. Romanelli has officially led curricular transformation efforts at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy since 2007 when he became Assistant Dean of Education. Under his tenure as Associate Dean of Education, he launched the new integrated curriculum at University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in 2016. As influential as Dr. Romanelli has been in the classroom, his education-related impact has been equally felt by peer educators nationwide through his 45 education-related published articles, letters, and opinion statements. I personally have become accustomed to reading his regular editorials and letters and utilize many of them as discussion starters for my own academia experiential rotations for residents. They have also been the subject matter of many faculty debates and discussions at my present institution. His contributions are always timely with issues that are being faced in our profession as educators.

At the time of his nomination, Romanelli had published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals as well as 10 book contributions and peer-reviewed letters. He has presented extensively at professional and scientific meetings (including ACCP meetings) and served as a member of several ACCP committees and task forces.

Members of the 2019 ACCP Awards Committee were Bradley Phillips (chair), Mary Amato (vice chair), Melody Berg, Kelly Caudle, Brandon Dionne, Candice Garwood, Ila Harris, Kristi Kelly, Tyree Kiser, Christina Madison, Christopher Paciullo, and Chasity Shelton.