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Paul C. Walker

Candidate for President 2022-2023

Paul WalkerPAUL C. WALKER, Pharm.D., FASHP (pcwalker@umich.edu) is clinical professor and assistant dean of experiential education and community engagement, College of Pharmacy, and manager, department of pharmacy, Michigan Medicine. Walker received his B.S. in pharmacy and Pharm.D. from Wayne State University. He completed an ASHP-accredited residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and specialty residency in pediatric pharmacy practice at the University of Tennessee. He has served in clinical practice and leadership roles at the Detroit Medical Center and Henry Ford Health System and held faculty appointments at Wayne State University. He is passionate about advancing pharmacy practice by innovating pharmacist services, evaluating pharmacists’ impact on patient care, and especially by integrating student pharmacists into practice models and interprofessional teams through work in experiential education.

Walker has served ASHP in many capacities, most recently as a member of the Board of Directors. He chaired ASHP’s recent Task Force on Racial Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. He also served as chair of the Committee on Nominations; as a member of the Commission on Affiliate Relations and the ASHP Foundation Donor Retention Subcommittee; and as a delegate to the House of Delegates for many years.

Walker served on the board of directors of the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) and the Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP). He received the 2008 MSHP Professional Practice Award, the 2010 MSHP Pharmacist of the Year Award, and the 2017 MSHP Joseph A. Oddis Leadership Award. He has been inducted into the MPA Hall of Honor and is recognized as a Fellow by ASHP and MPA. 

Meet Paul C. Walker

 

Every patient, in every setting of care, deserves to benefit from the tremendous value pharmacists provide. However, last year’s significant events highlighted disparities in healthcare, emphasized critical medication issues, and challenged us to rethink and innovate how we deliver care and value for our patients. ASHP’s visionary leadership and advocacy are critical as we strive to ensure patient access to pharmacist services appropriate to their needs, empower the pharmacy workforce to meet those needs, and advance our profession.

To achieve these outcomes, ASHP must lead by: 

  • Improving healthcare in our communities, eliminating health disparities for people of color, and improving the health of the diverse patients we serve. We must improve the diversity of the pharmacy workforce, advocate for access to pharmacist care for all patients, and address critical medication issues that can adversely affect patient outcomes, including patient access to critical medications, medication costs, medication supply chain integrity, and drug shortages. 
  • Creating optimal practice models that engage the whole pharmacy workforce, advance roles for pharmacists and technicians, and lead to safer, more efficient healthcare systems that improve outcomes, add value, and reduce costs.
  • Advocating for our patients, health-system pharmacists, and the pharmacy profession with legislative bodies, regulatory agencies, and all necessary audiences. 

I am passionate about ASHP and welcome the opportunity to work with ASHP leaders and members to improve the health of our patients and advance our profession. I am deeply honored by this nomination and would consider it a great privilege to serve you as ASHP President.