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ASHP Honors David Zilz for Leadership in Pharmacy Practice

David Zilz, M.S., a leader in the profession’s move to align the pharmacist with important health care needs, was honored today by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) for his significant contributions to the advancement of health-system pharmacy. Zilz received the ASHP Award for Distinguished Leadership of Health-System Pharmacy Practice during the opening of the Society’s 37th Annual Midyear Clinical Meeting in Atlanta.

Zilz is Clinical Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy, and former Director of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC).  Zilz’s professional career at UWHC, which spanned more than two decades, was devoted to identifying and implementing innovative contemporary pharmacy practice services and developing new hospital administrative services.  Zilz was instrumental in establishing a number of key hospital programs at UWHC including, home care and infusion services, a technology identification and assessment organization, and the Office of Clinical Research for the University of Wisconsin Medical School.

Zilz currently maintains an active independent consulting practice focused on strategic planning for pharmacy services in health-systems and organizations.  He also does considerable work in operational service improvements and enhancement in pharmaceutical services in hospitals. 

Zilz has served in numerous capacities within ASHP, including a term as President, two three-year terms as Treasurer, Chair of the Commission on Credentialing, and numerous council and committee leadership roles.  He has received ASHP’s Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture award, the John Webb Visiting Lecture award from the Bouve College of Health Sciences School of Pharmacy, Northeastern University, and was twice named Pharmacist of the Year by the Wisconsin Society of Hospital Pharmacists. 

“David’s vision and leadership have set a tone and pace for his colleagues,” said ASHP President Debra S. Devereaux, M.B.A., FASHP.  “His exemplary leadership has been a benefit to both the profession and ASHP.”

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, which has a long history of medication-error prevention efforts, believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medicines.  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 professional practice, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs. For more information, visit or