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APhA announces recipients of 2021 academy awards


The American Pharmacists Association announced the selection of recipients of the APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice & Management Awards and APhA Academy of Pharmaceutical Research & Science Awards as part of the 2021 APhA Awards and Honors Program. Announcements of the APhA Fellows and Professionwide Awards will follow this week.

Honorees will be officially recognized at APhA2021, which is scheduled to take place virtually March 12-15. The APhA Awards and Honors Program is the most comprehensive recognition program in the profession of pharmacy. For more information, visit

APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice & Management Awards:

  • The Daniel B. Smith Practice Excellence Award winner is Stuart Beatty, of Plain City, Ohio. The award recognizes a pharmacy practitioner, in any practice setting, who has distinguished himself/herself and the profession through outstanding performance and achievements. Beatty started an interprofessional diabetes clinic, anticoagulation service, transitions of care service, and polypharmacy clinic, building one of the highest-functioning outpatient pharmacy programs in the country;
  • The Thomas Menighan Pharmacy Management Excellence Award is going to  Ernest Boyd, of Columbus, 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. Boyd provided years of extensive and meaningful contributions as a state pharmacy association executive in Indiana and Ohio and played an instrumental role in supporting implementation of Ohio provider status legislation, impacting the national conversation;
  • The Distinguished Achievement Award in Pharmacy Practice has been awarded to Kara Weatherman, of West Lafayette, Ind. 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. Dr. Weatherman made sustained and consistent contributions to scholarly activities and practical pharmacy research, as evidenced by the nominee’s publications, presentations, and research grants; and 
  • The William H. Briner Distinguished Achievement Award in Nuclear Pharmacy Practice  is being awarded to William Baker, of Riverton, Utah. The award recognizes an APhA–APPM member who has made significant or sustained contributions to the practice of nuclear pharmacy. Dr. Baker has distinguished himself as an exceptional practitioner, a well-published and recognized nuclear medicine and radiopharmaceutical scientist, an exemplary teacher, and a dedicated and long-term leader in the APhA–APPM Nuclear Pharmacy SIG.  

APhA Academy of Pharmaceutical Research & Science awards winners are:

  • The Ebert Prize is being awarded to Pinunta Nittayacharn, of Cleveland, Ohio. The award recognizes the author of the best report of original investigation of a medicinal substance published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Nittayacharn and colleagues are recognized for the article: “Enhancing Tumor Drug Distribution With Ultrasound-Triggered Nanobubbles";
  • The Clinical Research Paper Award is going to Tayla Rose, of Boston. 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. Dr. Rose and colleagues are recognized for the article: “Real-world impact on monthly glucose-lowering medication cost, HbA1c, weight, and polytherapy after initiating a GLP-1 receptor agonist";
  • The Research Achievement Award in the Pharmaceutical Sciences is being awarded to S. Suresh Madhavan, of Fort Worth, Texas. The award recognizes and encourages outstanding, meritorious achievement in any of the pharmaceutical sciences. Dr. Madhavan is recognized for his outstanding research achievements, international work, total funding, and number of graduate students supported throughout his career; and 
  • The Wiederholt Prize for Best Published Papers Award for Economic, Social, and Administrative Sciences is going to Kenneth Hohmeier, of Nashville, Tenn. The award recognizes the best paper published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association that describes original investigation in economic, social or administrative sciences related to pharmacy. Hohmeier and his colleague are recognized for the paper: “Exploring the implementation of a novel optimizing care model in the community pharmacy setting"; 
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