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Pharmacy Alum Helps Train Ukrainian Surgeons to Handle Front-line Care

Khaula Sawah, Pharm.D., always felt a calling in her heart to help others as if they were her own family. To fulfill that mission, Sawah became a pharmacist, earning two degrees from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, and performed clinical work in Cincinnati for much of her career. But in 2011, as the Syrian crisis began — Sawah experienced something that changed her life forever.

An Inspirational Leader in the Pharmaceutical Industry

In today’s goal-oriented world, we are often told that we can accomplish anything we put our mind to. This is especially true when you believe in yourself and find passion in what you do. When reflecting on these personal strengths, one pharmacy professional that comes to mind is Dr. Verneda Hawkins (PharmD 1985). Hawkins, a leader at Biogen and in the pharmaceutical industry, has dedicated her professional life to building up strong skill sets and a remarkable level of self-confidence to succeed in her pharmacy career. This has allowed her to make a clear difference in her own life while positively impacting the lives of so many others. 

Dwoskin to Receive National Award for Innovation

Dr. Linda Dwoskin has been named the recipient of the 2022 Innovator Award by the College on Problems of Drug Dependence.

UKCOP Alumna Impacts Veteran Health Through Rural Scholars Fellowship

University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy alumna Tara Downs (PharmD 2008), a clinical pharmacy practitioner board certified in Ambulatory Care and Geriatric Pharmacy and serving in geriatrics at the Lexington Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System (HCS), has been named a fellow for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Rural Scholars Fellowship Program. As one of few primary care providers selected to participate in the program, Downs will use her knowledge of pharmacy, strong leadership skills and thorough job experience with the VA to improve rural health care for veterans.

How to Properly Inspect, Wear, and Store a KN95 Mask

Dr. Brooke Hudspeth, Chief Practice Officer at the UK College of Pharmacy, answers frequently asked questions regarding KN95 masks.

College of Pharmacy Adds Three New Affiliated Pharmacy Residency Programs

The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy is adding three new affiliated pharmacy residency programs through partnerships with various Baptist Health campuses. These locations include Baptist Health Corbin, Baptist Health Paducah and Baptist Health Hardin.

Louisville Clinical Education Center Names Mills as Clinical Training Coordinator

The Louisville Clinical Education Center (LCEC) has announced a change in faculty for the Clinical Training Coordinator position. Dr. Janet Mills, PharmD, BCPS, CDCES, has been selected to replace Dr. Chris Miller, PharmD, MS, MBA, BCNSP, who held the position for 14 years and transitioned into retirement in November 2021.

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.

'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.

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.