Charles E. Daniels, PhD, FASHP, pharmacist-in-chief for UC San Diego Health System, is this year's recipient of the prestigious John W. Webb Lecture Award, announced The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The Webb Award honours experts in the field of health-system pharmacy who have shown exemplary leadership and dedication to promoting excellence in pharmacy management.
Dr. Daniels, concurrently professor of clinical pharmacy and associate dean at UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, also serves as system-wide pharmacy officer for the university's hospitals and clinics. Under his leadership, health-system managers and health care providers have become aware of the importance of involving pharmacists in management's decision-making process.
Dr. Daniels is also a champion for postgraduate education and training to help ensure that pharmacists excel in their practice.
The Webb Award reflects the honouree's international recognition for his remarkable effort in expanding pharmacy practices and academic development in health systems leading to improved patient care, explained James H. McKerrow, MD, PhD, dean of the UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Dr. Daniels has always focused on finding solutions to issues and problems confronting health-system pharmacists which, according to McKerrow, include "medication safety, cost-effective use of medications, and increased efficiency of health-system operations."
Dr. Daniels is set to present his award lecture in October 2014 at the ASHP Conference for Leaders in Health-System Pharmacy and as visiting professor in hospital pharmacy at Northeastern University.
Outstanding Track Record
Within the UC San Diego Health System, Daniels helped set up an integrated professional education service model and Transitions of Care Pharmacy Hospital to Home service model.
From 1995 to 2004, Dr. Daniels served as chief of the Pharmacy Department for National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center. Under his watch, the Clinical Center implemented these key changes: transformation of the ambulatory pharmacy practice in line with a growing focus on outpatient investigational drug protocols; expansion of the pharmacy-based clinical pharmacokinetics research laboratory; and system reforms to help prevent medication errors.
He previously served in several pharmacy management positions at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic from 1980-1995, in addition to holding a faculty position at the university's College of Pharmacy.
Daniels has served in numerous volunteer positions with ASHP and other organisations: the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists; the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Society of Health-System Pharmacists; the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists; the American College of Clinical Pharmacy; and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.
Daniels obtained his degree in BSPharm from the University of Arizona. He earned both his MS and PhD from the University of Minnesota.
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