BETHESDA, Md. —The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) has named Paul G. Pierpaoli, M.S., an honorary member of the Society for his sustained contributions to health-system pharmacy practice and dedicated service to the organization. Pierpaoli will receive the honor today during ASHP’s Summer Meeting in Baltimore.
Pierpaoli is a visionary leader in health-system pharmacy and prolific author. He has been a committed long-time leader of ASHP, serving in a number of leadership roles, including serving as President in 1984 and a member of the Board of Directors from 1980-1983.
Pierpaoli’s professional accomplishments include being responsible for the conceptualization, planning, development and initial implementation of the intravenous admixture service program at the Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health. This subsequently became a standard of hospital pharmacy practice in the U.S. hospitals.
Pierpaoli has also demonstrated exceptional commitment to developing and mentoring new pharmacists. He developed pharmacy residency training programs in three academic health science center hospitals, which have trained one hundred nineteen residents.
Pierpaoli has served in a number of key leadership positions including, senior vice president of pharmacy practice at McKesson Medication Management and as assistant to the chief, Pharmacy Department, at the National Institutes of Health. He also served as pharmacy director at a number of hospitals, including the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, the University of Connecticut Health Center, and the Union Memorial Hospital.
Pierpaoli has received numerous honors and awards, including ASHP’s Harvey A. K. Whitney Lecture Award in 1995, the John W. Webb Visiting Professor on Hospital Pharmacy in 1986 from the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions at Northeastern University, and was honored in 1980 by the establishment of the Annual Paul G. Pierpaoli Lecture Award for Excellence and Leadership in Hospital Pharmacy Practice in 1980 by the Connecticut Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
ASHP is the national professional organization whose nearly 40,000 members include pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who provide patient care services in acute and ambulatory settings, including hospitals, health systems, and clinics, as well as pharmacy students. For 70 years, the Society has been on the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists help people make the best use of medicines, visit ASHP's website, www.ashp.org, or its consumer website, www.safemedication.com.