Members of the UHSP Community Win Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards

Published on 13 October 2021

Alicia Forinash, B.S. ’00, Pharm.D. ’01, FCCP, BCPS, BCACP, professor of pharmacy practice at University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis, and John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, FAPhA, FFIP, president emeritus of the University, were the recipients of a pair of awards during the 12th annual Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards presented by Pharmacy Times and Parata Systems.

During the event, Forinash was presented with the Patient Care Provider award in recognition of her accomplishments in obstetric pharmacy, while Pieper was honored with a Lifetime Leadership Award for his many career contributions in academic pharmacy. The 2021 gala event, which was held in Charlotte, North Carolina on Oct. 8, recognized a cross-section of pharmacy professionals from a variety of pharmacy practice settings, including large chain retailers, independent pharmacies, specialty pharmacies, military bases, health clinics and educational institutions.

“Each year, the Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards winners represent some the best and brightest pharmacists in the profession, and our institution has been incredibly fortunate to have had numerous members of our community be recognized over the years,” said David D. Allen, RPh, Ph.D., president of the University. “We congratulate Dr. Forinash and President Emeritus Pieper on this outstanding achievement.”

Forinash received the Patient Care Provider award for the ongoing role she has played as a nationally recognized leader in the field of obstetric pharmacy. Her many accomplishments have included the creation of a clinical practice in the Maternal and Fetal Care Center at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis for underserved and uninsured patients, as well as her work to assist with the establishment of the Women and Infant Substance Help Center at SSM St. Mary’s Hospital, which provides comprehensive, high-risk maternity care for women who are dependent on opioids or other substances. Forinash has also completed over 30 peer-reviewed publications focused on women’s health, and served as a contributing author on the 11th and 12th editions of the reference book, “Briggs Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation: A Reference Guide to Fetal and Neonatal Risk.”

In addition, as an active member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), Forinash was selected to serve on a working group for the National Institutes of Health Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women to advise the Secretary of Health and Human Services to address gaps in knowledge and research on safe and effective therapies for pregnant and lactating women. In 2019, ACCP honored Forinash with its Clinical Practice Award in recognition of her outstanding clinical practice work in obstetrics and her efforts to educate and inspire pharmacy students as a faculty member at UHSP. Forinash was also recognized by ACCP in 2017 with the Vital Contributions to Women’s Health Award from the organization’s Women’s Health Practice and Research Network. As a faculty member at UHSP, Forinash has spent 19 years educating future pharmacists on women’s health topics and exposing students and residents to clinical pharmacy services.

Pieper’s Lifetime Leadership Award comes on the heels of his retirement from the University on June 30. Throughout his 41-year career, Pieper was driven by his desire to educate future pharmacists and prepare them for diverse and successful careers in pharmacy. In addition, his innovative ideas and leadership skills have transformed the institutions with which he’s served, and his many accomplishments in academia and research, and with national and international pharmacy organizations helped to further the pharmacy profession and positively impact patient care.

Pieper began his tenure as the University’s fourth president in August 2010. During his time as president of UHSP, Pieper spearheaded a two-phase construction project that transformed the physical campus, adding two new state-of-the-art buildings and more than 400,000 square feet of space designed to provide students, faculty, staff and alumni with unparalleled opportunities to learn and grow. Construction of the 213,000-square-foot Academic and Research Building was completed in 2015, and the 193,000-square-foot Recreation and Student Center opened its doors in 2017.

As president, Pieper also led the University in enhancing its research capacity and raising its research profile nationally and internationally. He played a key role in the creation and development of the Center for Clinical Pharmacology, an unprecedented joint research venture between the University and the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Over the past five years, the center has become a hub of research and discovery, with faculty members receiving annual funding through the National Institutes of Health and other granting agencies such as the American Heart Association and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Pieper is a past president of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, past honorary president of the Missouri Pharmacy Association, past speaker of the house of delegates of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, and was recognized by the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists as the Outstanding Pharmacy Dean in the United States in 2006. In 2015, Pieper served as chair of the board of Pharmacy Specialties. He was elected president of the Academic Pharmacy Section of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) in 2017, representing pharmacy faculty members globally, and was awarded fellowship in FIP in 2019. He is also a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the American Pharmacists Association.

To learn more about the Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards, or to view the full list of 2021 award winners, visit nextgenpharmacist.com.

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