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ASHP Distinguished Leadership Award

The ASHP Board of Directors’ Distinguished Leadership Award recognizes contributions to excellence in pharmacy practice leadership in acute and ambulatory care settings.

The award, which is conferred at the discretion of the ASHP Board of Directors, may be presented annually at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting or other appropriate function. Up to two awards may be conferred each year.

2021 Recipients

John ClarkJohn E. Clark, Pharm.D., M.S., FASHP
Director, Experiential Education and Pharmacy Residency Programs
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacotherapeutics and Clinical Research
University of South Florida Health Taneja College of Pharmacy
Tampa, FL

Dr. Clark is a long-standing champion for racial equity in healthcare and a vocal advocate for the creation of culturally competent systems of care. His contributions to ASHP and the profession have elevated pharmacy practice in countless ways, including identifying best practices to meet the unique needs of vulnerable patient groups, expanding healthcare access to the medically underserved, and enhancing ethnic and cultural diversity in the pharmacy workforce.

M Lynn CrismonM. Lynn Crismon, Pharm.D., FCCP, DABCP, BCCP
Behrens Centennial Professor, College of Pharmacy
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Dell Medical School
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Dr. Crismon is a nationally esteemed and prolific pharmacy scholar, educator, and leader with more than 45 years of practice and research experience related to the development and evaluation of strategies to improve psychiatric pharmacotherapy and health outcomes of adults and children with severe mental disorders.

Criteria and Eligibility

ASHP members are invited, annually, to suggest nominees in writing with substantiating evidence. Nominations should state how the nominee meets the following criteria:

  • Record of having led sustained, progressive improvements in pharmacy services within specific U.S. hospitals or health systems, and
  • Record of having achieved national prominence (such as through publications and presentations at professional conferences) for practice leadership.

Nominees must be pharmacists licensed to practice in the United States and current ASHP members. Current ASHP Board members and ASHP staff are not eligible.

Nominating Instructions

Nominations are accepted year-round and are to be transmitted electronically during this period using the Award Nominations Form. Please see the Call for Award Nominations to reference the criteria for the award as well as the nomination instructions.

Nominations received by October 1 will be reviewed by the Awards Committee, and selections will be made the following February. In some years, selections are not made for all awards.

If you have any questions about the Awards Program, please contact the Office of Member Relations at

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