KULDIP R. PATEL, Pharm.D., FASHP, (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the senior associate chief pharmacy officer and director of pharmacy residency programs at Duke University Hospital. Kuldip earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and completed his pharmacy practice and pharmacy practice management residencies at the Medical University of South Carolina. Kuldip has served in various roles with ASHP and the Section of Pharmacy Practice Leaders, including as member, vice chair, and chair of section advisory groups, taskforces, and lead the educational steering committee. Kuldip continues to support emerging leaders and mentoring them through the ASHP Pharmacy Leadership Academy. More recently, Kuldip has been serving as a member of the multi-hospital pharmacy executives committee and was appointed to serve as the vice chair of the Council on Pharmacy Practice. He is also an active member of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists. He has served as an expert member with the United States Pharmacopeial Convention and is currently an appointed member of an advisory committee with the US Food and Drug Administration. Kuldip has presented on contemporary pharmacy practice and administrative topics locally and nationally. Furthermore, Kuldip has published peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters covering a variety of pharmacy business and operations topics. In addition to leading Duke Pharmacy, he continues to teach and train pharmacy students from The University of North Carolina and Campbell University, Masters students from Duke University School of Business as well as training PGY1 and PGY2 residents at Duke University Hospital.
Throughout my professional life, my passion and primary goal has been to provide high quality care that delivers positive clinical outcomes, while eliminating all preventable harm. Continuing to serve over the past 21 years with ASHP has afforded me the opportunity to fulfill this desire. I have actively engaged and contributed to the development of publications, guidelines, blogs, webinars, live national presentations, and development of numerous resources that have helped me fulfill the primary goal. A mutual benefit has been the privilege of collaboration to uplift our profession’s credibility and standards of practice for our constituents.
My professional experiences, including serving as a pharmacist and a leader, gave me the platform to put my learnings and contributions to use at a local level. I have led teams to drive large scale quality improvement projects, implemented impactful policies, and built programs that have demonstrated a significant advancement in quality of services, safety, and efficiency. These experiences have instilled in me the value and importance of training future clinicians, technicians, and leaders.
The future of our profession’s success will also depend on our ability to value diversity. We must engage healthcare stakeholders and the entire pharmacy community to commit time and resources so that we can better understand and learn about what it means to deliver equitable care. It will be essential to understand the inequities and variances in outcomes due to race, with the goal of eliminating any disparity in healthcare outcomes in our patients. Thank you.