ASHP Announces 2022 Award Recipients

Published: March 3, 2022

Board of Directors Awards Honor Practice Excellence, Outstanding Contributions to Healthcare

ASHP is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2022 Board of Directors awards. The following awards will be presented this year during ceremonies at ASHP’s national meetings:

Honorary Membership (ASHP Summer Meetings, June 2022)

The ASHP Board of Directors’ Honorary Membership Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to pharmacy practice. Honorary members are elected for life by unanimous vote of the ASHP Board of Directors.


  • Clifford E. Hynniman, RPh, MS, FKSHP, Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, Lexington
    A past president of ASHP, Mr. Hynniman is a distinguished
    pharmacy educator, scholar, and leader with over 50 years of sustained contributions to pharmacy practice, education and training, research and publishing, and volunteer service to ASHP in many capacities. As testament to his ingenuity, many of the novel pharmacy services he envisioned and implemented are now standards of practice.
  • Kurt Kleinmann, RPh, Director of Pharmacy (ret.), Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    Mr. Kleinmann is a visionary leader and pioneer of hospital pharmacy. An early advocate for pharmacy specialization and greater pharmacist involvement across the continuum of care, his forward thinking and keen insight helped advance pharmacy practice.

Award of Excellence (ASHP Summer Meetings, June 2022)

The ASHP Award of Excellence recognizes a recent, singular, nationally significant achievement or contribution that has advanced the ability of pharmacists to serve the needs of patients.


  • JoAnn Stubbings, BS Pharm, MHCA, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy
    Ms. Stubbings is an engaging and respected leader, educator, and innovator in specialty pharmacy. Her unwavering commitment to advancing health-system specialty pharmacy practice and direct contributions in this area represent the epitome of an integrated advanced health-system practice model that incorporates specialty medication-use management across the continuum of care.

Award of Honor (57th Midyear Clinical Meeting, December 2022)

The ASHP Board of Directors’ Award of Honor recognizes individuals outside the pharmacy discipline who have made extraordinary national or worldwide contributions to the health field.


  • Scott Gottlieb, MD, 23rd Commissioner, United States Food and Drug Administration; Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC
    Dr. Gottlieb is a highly esteemed physician, medical policy expert, and public health advocate. As FDA Commissioner, he helped streamline and accelerate the drug review and approval process, address concerns around drug prices, combat opioid use disorder, and embrace innovation related to medical products. His ongoing support of pharmacists as medication experts and advocacy for pharmacist provider status sparked impactful, profession-wide change and advancement.


Distinguished Leadership Award (57th Midyear Clinical Meeting, December 2022)

The ASHP Board of Directors’ Distinguished Leadership Award recognizes contributions to excellence in pharmacy practice leadership in acute and ambulatory care settings.


  • Marie A. Chisholm-Burns, PharmD, PhD, MBA, MPH, FASHP, FAST, FCCP, Dean and Distinguished Professor, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center College of Pharmacy, Memphis
    Dr. Chisholm-Burns is a nationally renowned prolific researcher, educator, and leader in health disparities, healthcare access, social justice, and the scholarship of teaching. For nearly 30 years, her work has embraced
    transformational learning opportunities that create and foster diverse and equitable academic and healthcare environments and encourage dialogues and innovation between students, patients, and providers.
  • Miriam A. Mobley Smith, PharmD, FASHP, Interim Dean, University of Hawaii at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy
    Dr. Mobley Smith is a highly accomplished and esteemed leader, educator, and speaker. Her strategic leadership, unyielding passion, and demonstrated commitment to training the pharmacy workforce continues to elevate the role of pharmacy professionals, enhance patient safety, and advance the pharmacy profession.

Donald E. Francke Medal (57th Midyear Clinical Meeting, December 2022)

The ASHP Board of Directors’ Donald E. Francke Medal honors pharmacists who have made significant international contributions to advance pharmacy practice.


  • Toyin Tofade, PharmD, MS, BCPS, CPCC, FFIP, Dean and Tenured Professor, Howard University College of Pharmacy, Washington, DC
    Dr. Tofade is a well-respected and accomplished leader in global pharmacy with sustained contributions to international pharmacy leadership and continuous professional development (CPD). She has published several papers and presented her work on CPD, academic capacity, organizational leadership, and building strong relationship systems both nationally and internationally.

Board of Directors’ Pharmacy Champion Award (57th Midyear Clinical Meeting, December 2022)

The ASHP Board of Directors Pharmacy Champion Award recognizes leadership in advocacy and public policy that contributes to significant improvements in patient care, drug safety, medication-use outcomes, and advances the vital roles pharmacists play as patient care providers.


  • Representative Gary Merchant, MBA, RPh, Sullivan, District 4, New Hampshire House of Representatives
    Representative Merchant is a subject matter expert on 340B-participating hospitals and the orphan drug exclusion, pharmacy supply chain, and hospital pharmacy management. He is an avid champion for advancing pharmacists’ scope of practice, expanding reimbursement for services provided by a pharmacist, and fostering medication safety and health outcomes. He played a significant role in facilitating legislation that recognizes pharmacists as providers under Medicaid and expands their ability to prescribe medications for tobacco cessation.
    Representative Merchant also championed legislation creating a new license category for advanced pharmacy technicians authorizing them to perform most technical dispensing functions without the review or approval of a licensed pharmacist.
  •  Colorado Pharmacists Society led coalition involved in the passage of H.B. 21-1275, Medicaid Reimbursement for Services by Pharmacists
    A coalition of pharmacy and healthcare professionals led by the Colorado Pharmacists Society worked closely with state legislators to secure passage of legislation that requires Medicaid
    to reimburse pharmacists for clinical services under the medical benefit, including those providing advanced clinical services under collaborative practice agreements or statewide protocols. This group of dedicated pharmacy and healthcare leaders executed a concerted, highly organized, and effective effort to improve patient access to primary care and add to the growing list of states expanding patient access to pharmacists’ services.

Board of Directors’ Pharmacy Technician Excellence Award (57th Midyear Clinical Meeting, December 2022)

The ASHP Board of Directors Pharmacy Technician Excellence Award recognizes contributions to excellence in the role of pharmacy technicians, advancement of the pharmacy technician workforce, and advancement of pharmacy practice.


  • Barbara E. Lacher, CPhT, Associate Professor and Program Director (ret), North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, ND
    Ms. Lacher is a highly respected pharmacy technician educator and advocate for the advancement of the pharmacy technician workforce. For more than 20 years, she has been a leading voice for the development of national, uniform standards for pharmacy technician education and training
Posted March 3, 2022

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