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Daniels to Receive ASHP’s John W. Webb Lecture Award

Charles E. Daniels to be Honored for his Leadership in Health-System Pharmacy


The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) has named Charles E. Daniels, Ph.D., FASHP, as the recipient of the 2014 John W. Webb Lecture Award.

Daniels is pharmacist-in-chief, University of California-San Diego (UCSD) Health System and professor of clinical pharmacy and associate dean, UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy. As pharmacist-in-chief of UCSD, Daniels serves as system-wide pharmacy officer for the UCSD hospitals and clinics.

He previously served as chief of the pharmacy department for National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center from 1995-2004. He served in several pharmacy management positions at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic from 1980-1995, in addition to holding a faculty position at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy.

In his role as pharmacist-in-chief at UCSD Medical Center, Daniels was instrumental in many innovations, including establishing an integrated professional education service model and Transitions of Care Pharmacy Hospital to Home service model. During his tenure at the NIH Clinical Center, he transformed the ambulatory pharmacy practice to accommodate a growing emphasis on outpatient investigational drug protocols, helped expand the pharmacy-based clinical pharmacokinetics research laboratory, and lead system reforms to prevent medication errors.

Daniels stands out as a unique figure in health-system pharmacy leadership. His professional vision, strategic thinking, and strong leadership have been a significant positive influence on his colleagues, residents, and students, as well as on the entire profession. Throughout his career, Daniels’ research has focused on solving practice problems that regularly confront health-system pharmacists, including medication safety, cost-effective use of medications, and increased efficiency of health-system operations. His leadership has cultivated an understanding among health-system executives and other health care providers of the importance of including pharmacists in key leadership and decision-making positions. He also has served as a champion for postgraduate education and training in order to best prepare pharmacists for practice.

Daniels has served in numerous volunteer positions with ASHP; the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Society of Health-System Pharmacists; the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists; and the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists. He also has served in numerous volunteer positions for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Daniels graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S.Pharm. After completing an ASHP-accredited residency at the NIH Clinical Center, he earned an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. 

The Webb Award honors health-system pharmacy practitioners or educators who stand apart from others because of their extraordinary dedication to fostering excellence in pharmacy management and leadership.

The award, previously called the John W. Webb Visiting Professorship in Hospital Pharmacy, was established in 1985 by the Northeastern University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions in Boston. The now-named Northeastern University School of Pharmacy in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences transferred responsibility for administering the award to ASHP in 2006. ASHP’s Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers administers the award process with continuing involvement by Northeastern.

Daniels will present his award lecture in October 2014 at the ASHP Conference for Leaders in Health-System Pharmacy and as visiting professor in hospital pharmacy at Northeastern University.

About ASHP
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