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William A. Gouveia to Receive ASHP's 1999 Whitney Award

William A. Gouveia, M.S., FASHP., director of pharmacy at New England Medical Center (NEMC), has been named the recipient of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' 1999 Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award. He will receive health-system pharmacy's highest award on June 9 during ASHP's Annual Meeting '99 in Reno, Nev.

Gouveia, long recognized as a leading thinker in health-system pharmacy, has been especially influential in advancing practice in the New England states through his training of pharmacy residents and his mentorship of many practitioners. Gouveia serves as associate scientist at The Health Institute, NEMC, and as special assistant for pharmaceutical research and development in the Office of Research and Administration at NEMC. His many accomplishments include developing standards for poison control centers in Massachusetts. 

Gouveia has been a prodigious contributor to the pharmaceutical literature, including the editorship of six influential series of articles and symposia papers in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy (AJHP). Since 1997, he has been field editor for AJHP, responsible for soliciting key articles for the journal and writing editorials. He is considered an expert on pharmacy information systems and has consulted widely with the pharmaceutical industry on the development of drug trials. He frequently presents at local, regional, national, and international meetings on health care and pharmacy. 

Gouveia is a faculty member at three universities, the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences, Tufts University School of Medicine, and Northeastern University's Bouve College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Gouveia was the founder of the Webb Visiting Professorship at Northeastern, an honor recognizing John W. Webb's outstanding commitment to hospital pharmacy management. 

A committed pharmacy professional who has a passion for the profession and a vision of pharmacy's patient-care mandate, Gouveia has been the recipient of several honors, including the ASHP Research and Education Foundation's award for sustained contribution's to the literature. He was named a Fellow of ASHP in 1993 and has served on the Society's Board of Directors and Commission on Goals. 

ASHP has administered the Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award, established in 1950 by the Southeastern Michigan Society of Hospital Pharmacists, since 1963. Nominations for the award, which is bestowed by a majority vote of past honorees, are made by past recipients and ASHP members. Harvey A.K. Whitney, ASHP's first president, was an editor, author, educator, practitioner, and leader in hospital pharmacy. 

ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. ASHP believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medications. Assisting pharmacists in fulfilling this mission is ASHP's primary objective. The Society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their delivery of pharmaceutical care, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs.