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Welton O'Neal Named 2021 Paul Parker Award Recipient

Dr. Welton O’Neal (PharmD 1981, R126), Vice President of Medical Affairs at Supernus Pharmaceuticals, has been named the 2021 recipient of the Paul F. Parker Award.

As one of the most accessible healthcare providers, pharmacist-led monoclonal antibody clinic makes sense

Pharmacists are arguably one of the most accessible healthcare providers to the public, especially during pandemic times, and often go unrecognized for their effort and sacrifices to help curb this devastating virus. One shining example of a pharmacist who readily contributes to the frontline battle is Dr. Gavin Howington (PharmD 2014). Howington, an Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at UK HealthCare and Clinical Assistant Professor at the UK College of Pharmacy, is making a daily impact on the lives of high-risk patients who contract COVID-19. Through the use of monoclonal antibody therapy, Howington helps the healthcare field gain control over a virus that continually evolves over time.

How a UK alumna is helping humanitarian relief operations in Syria

Since 2011, Dr. Khaula Sawah has dedicated her pharmacy career and personal life to aiding those affected by the Syrian war and the resulting humanitarian crisis in Syria and Turkey. She is also the co-founder of the non-profit Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations-USA (UOSSM USA) and currently serves as president of the organization in the U.S.

'Honest pride and belief in self' is essential for students says UKCOP's first Black PharmD

Long ago, while reflecting on his life’s accomplishments, Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis said, “In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.” This statement perfectly describes the education and career of pharmacy pioneer Dr. Welton O’Neal. O’Neal (PharmD 1981, R126) was the first Black student at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy to graduate with a PharmD. He was also the first Black man to complete the post-PharmD pharmacy residency training at UK HealthCare under the program director, Paul Parker, PharmD, and his direct mentor, John Piecoro, PharmD. Having paved the way for Black pharmacy students and achieved tremendous personal success, O’Neal currently works at Supernus Pharmaceuticals, leading the organization as Vice President of Medical Affairs.

UK Pharmacy Residency Alumni Named ACCP Fellows

Frank Romanelli, PharmD, MPH, BCPS; Alex Flannery, PharmD, PhD, BCCCP; and Philip Empey, PharmD, PhD, BCPS, have been elected as Fellows of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy by the ACCP’s Board of Regents. Obtaining Fellowship from the ACCP is the highest of all honors that a member of the organization can receive from the College. Members who earn this award are selected for being outstanding individuals who lead by example, both in and outside of the ACCP. The Fellow status also honors qualifying ACCP members for their excellence in practice, science and service within Clinical Pharmacy. To display this high honor, Romanelli, Flannery and Empey have all earned and been granted the right to use the initials “FCCP” (Fellow of the College of Clinical Pharmacy) within their professional titles.

UK College of Pharmacy Develops Website to Highlight Pharmacy Influencers from Across the Globe

The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy turned 150 this week, a testament to the continuous work of alumni, employees, and supporters of the college. To celebrate this monumental event, the College of Pharmacy has launched a new microsite to showcase the many diverse backgrounds and accomplishments of 150 pharmacy influencers, alumni, and employees connected to the college.

College of Pharmacy Hires New Practice Implementation Pharmacist

Dr. Kyle Bryan (PharmD 2019) recently accepted a new role as a Practice Implementation Pharmacist at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy after completing his formal education and post-graduate training. His new position focuses on assisting pharmacists in all areas of practice with the implementation of the recently approved House Bill 48.

Alex Flannery and David Feola Receive Inaugural Clinical Research Catalysts Pilot Award

Alex Flannery (PharmD, PhD) and David Feola (PharmD, PhD) recently received the $50,000 University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy’s Inaugural Clinical Research Catalysts Pilot Award for their research project “Urinary Immune Cell Profiling in Sepsis-Associated Acute Kidney Injury.”

Shaping the Competitive Standard for Student Pharmacists

To close out our final highlight for Preceptor Appreciation Month, we spoke with Dr. Adam Robinson (PharmD 2007) about his experience as a preceptor at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. Robinson has been a preceptor at UKCOP for the last four years and works as an Owner and Pharmacist at Save Rite Drugs in Brandenburg and Radcliff, Kentucky. He also specializes in the business and management aspects of retail pharmacy, working directly with patients and promoting independent pharmacy.

An Encourager: The Extra Boost Students Need Over the Wall

Continuing our highlights for Preceptor Appreciation Month, we spoke with Bridger Bright (PharmD 2006) about her experience as a preceptor at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. Bright has been a preceptor for UKCOP over the last 10 years and currently works as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Primary Care at the Lexington VA Health Care System. She specializes in working with patients who have diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia and adjusting their medication doses.

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We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.