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A Man Worthy of Honor
When I served on the ASHP Board of Directors and as president of the Society in the early nineties, I had the great pleasure to work closely with Dr. Joseph A. Oddis, the man who led our organization for 37 years.
Joe is a man of incomparable grace, wisdom, and vision. So I was extremely pleased when the current Board of Directors voted unanimously to name the ASHP headquarters building, here at 7272 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland, in his honor.
There could not be a more fitting person to receive this honor. In my “From the CEO” column in
, I review some of Joe’s most notable achievements and his legacy to ASHP.
Here’s a brief excerpt from the column. Read the
and join me in thanking Dr. Oddis for his dedication to ASHP and the profession of pharmacy.
ASHP Headquarters Named to Honor Dr. Joseph A. Oddis
Dr. Oddis’ leadership over nearly four decades helped make ASHP the strong, vibrant, growing, and influential organization it is today. Joe’s vision for what ASHP could be and the important role we could play in shaping pharmacy practice, improving patient care, and influencing public policy to improve public health set this organization on the path it still follows today.
Here are just a few significant achievements from Dr. Oddis’ career and his legacy to ASHP:
Growing ASHP’s education services, launching the national meetings that would become the ASHP Summer Meeting and the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.
Building upon ASHP’s early support of international efforts to improve pharmacy practice, including serving as president of FIP from 1986 – 1990.
Helping promote the concept of formularies and the acceptance of pharmacy and therapeutics (P&T) committees in the early 1960s.
Expanding ASHP’s publishing efforts, including introduction of the American Hospital Formulary Service (AHFS), which has gained national recognition as the most comprehensive resource of unbiased drug information, and recognized by the U.S. Congress as an official compendium.
Establishing ASHP’s pharmacy residency accreditation program.
Creating the ASHP Research and Education Foundation.
Building ASHP’s leadership and influence by collaborating with other pharmacy and health care organizations and government regulatory agencies on the important issues of the time.
Read the full column in
Fri, Feb 08, 2013 03:04 PM
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