ASHP Presents Knoer with 2019 John W. Webb Lecture Award

Published: October 21, 2019
ASHP Press Release

ASHP today honored Scott J. Knoer, Pharm.D., M.S., FASHP, with its John W. Webb Lecture Award. Knoer is the Chief Pharmacy Officer at the Cleveland Clinic where he leads an international pharmacy enterprise with a $1.1 billion dollar drug budget and 1,410 FTEs in 18 hospitals with facilities in Ohio, Florida, Nevada; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; London, England; and Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Knoer presented his award lecture during the during the ASHP Conference for Pharmacy Leaders. He will give the lecture again on November 4, 2019, as Visiting Professor in Hospital Pharmacy at Northeastern University School of Pharmacy in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences in Boston.

The John W. Webb Lecture Award honors pharmacy practitioners or educators who stand apart from others because of their extraordinary dedication to fostering excellence in pharmacy management and leadership.

Knoer began his career as Operations Manager at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He was Director of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota Medical Center for ten years before assuming his current position in 2011.

A passionate advocate for patients and the profession of pharmacy, Knoer has successfully lobbied the Ohio and Minnesota boards of pharmacy to allow the advancement of pharmacy practice and was instrumental in state and federal initiatives to reduce the impact of drug shortages. In 2017 he was a co-recipient of the ASHP Board of Directors’ Award of Excellence for his work raising awareness of drug price increases among policymakers and the public.

Knoer is active in local, state, and national pharmacy organizations. As the AJHP Contributing Editor for Pharmacy Practice Management, he created and coordinates the CPO Perspectives column. He is a Past Chair of the ASHP Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers and is the Vice-Chair of the Vizient Pharmacy Council (formerly the University Health‐System Consortium).

Knoer is often quoted as a healthcare expert on a broad array of topics in newspaper, radio and television outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, NPR Radio, CNBC and many others. He has published editorials in Time, Newsweek, STAT First Opinion and The Hill. He has published extensively on a wide variety of pharmacy and leadership topics and is a frequent presenter to state, national and international audiences in the United States, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Italy, China and Japan.

About ASHP
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Posted October 21, 2019

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