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Stephen F. Eckel

Candidate for President 2022-2023

Stephen EckelSTEPHEN F. ECKEL, Pharm.D., M.H.A. (seckel@unc.edu) is the associate dean for global engagement at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. He is also an associate professor in the division of practice advancement and clinical education. In addition, he leads a two-year Master’s of Science in pharmaceutical sciences with a specialization in health-system pharmacy administration. This degree collaborates with eight hospitals across the country who sponsor the residency and has an online option for working professionals. At UNC Medical Center, he is residency program director of the two-year program in health-system pharmacy administration. He has worked with almost 250 residents over the years.

Stephen F. Eckel received his Bachelor of Science in pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed a pharmacy practice residency at Duke University Medical Center and then joined UNC Hospitals as a clinical pharmacist. Eckel also holds a master’s of health care administration from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. 

Stephen F. Eckel has been very active in the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists, serving as chair of the ASHP state affiliate, a term on the board, and as president of the merged organization. He is a frequent author in AJHP, past chair of the ASHP Council of Pharmacy Practice, and past member of the ASHP Board of Directors. In 2015, the ASHP Foundation awarded him the Pharmacy Residency Excellence Preceptor Award. He is a Fellow of ASHP, APhA, and ACCP.

Meet Stephen F. Eckel

 

The one constant of healthcare is change, and the past 12 months have surely demonstrated this. While many times pharmacists do not like change, it allows for departments to promote the patient-centric practice of pharmacy. This opportunity for advancement was evident as pharmacy took leadership roles in providing COVID vaccinations across the health-system. While we can fear the unknown, we can also use it as an opportunity to create the future that we desire.

ASHP can set the future direction and course for the pharmacy profession and how we practice on a daily basis. When change happens, people should know that ASHP has the resources and guidelines they need for success. Employing skills like creativity, innovation, and problem solving can be the differentiator between whether we will create the future or wait for someone outside of the profession to do it.

ASHP also must implement the recommendations from the Task Force on Racial Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We will not advance as an organization until all of us are able to flourish at an individual level.

I am passionate about leveraging change to help us meet our professional ideals and will ensure that our professional society remains diverse and inclusive.

I am extremely honored to receive this nomination as ASHP has always been my professional home. There are many leaders who have utilized skills in the past to bring health-system pharmacy to this point, and I am committed to do the same for future generations.