BETHESDA, Md. — The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) has named Toby Clark, M.S., FASHP, a leader in health-system pharmacy, the recipient of the 2012 John W. Webb Lecture Award.
Clark serves as a lead surveyor for the ASHP Accreditation Services Division. He is also a medication systems consultant and an adjunct associate professor of pharmacy practice at South Carolina College of Pharmacy and consultant to the director of pharmacy at the Medical University of South Carolina. Previously, he served as professor of pharmacy practice and director of hospital pharmacy services at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center and College of Pharmacy before his retirement.
Clark is a long-time member of ASHP, the South Carolina Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy. He is a past officer of the Southeastern Michigan Society of Hospital Pharmacists and the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Greater Kansas City. Clark served two terms as Chair of the ASHP Practice Management Advisory Group and represented Texas, Missouri and Michigan in the ASHP House of Delegates.
Clark has also been a leader in international health-system pharmacy practice and is a past North American vice president and treasurer of the Section of Hospital Pharmacy of the International Pharmaceutical Federation. Clark was awarded the Donald E. Francke Medal by ASHP in 2003 for his contributions to international pharmacy.
Mr. Clark’s professional interests are focused in the safety, quality and productivity of the medication-use system; training pharmacy residents; and the development of leaders. A former lecturer on topics of pharmacy/medication system informatics and computerized prescriber order entry, he spearheaded formation of the ASHP Section on Pharmacy Informatics and Technology. Mr. Clark has been a consultant to scores of hospitals in the United States. He strongly advocates hospital pharmacists serving patients through leading the safety and quality of medication-use systems.
Clark earned his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University, and his M.S. degree in clinical pharmacy from Wayne State University. He completed an ASHP-accredited residency at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Michigan.
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.
Clark will present his award lecture in October 2012 at the ASHP Conference for Leaders in Health-System Pharmacy and as Visiting Professor in Hospital Pharmacy at Northeastern University.
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.