Rebecca Finley, PharmD, MS, professor and dean of the Jefferson College of Pharmacy, has been selected to receive the Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award. Presented annually by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the Whitney Award is the highest honor in health-system pharmacy.
The award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to health-system pharmacy, including sustained exemplary service, an outstanding single achievement or a combination of accomplishments benefiting the profession and public health.
Dr. Finley said she’s “overwhelmed” by the honor.
“It has been my privilege to know Dr. Rebecca Finley as a supervisor, mentor and friend for the past 20 years,” said Elena Umland, PharmD, associate dean for academic affairs and professor in the Jefferson College of Pharmacy. “There is no one in the field of pharmacy who is more deserving of this award—and who by far exceeds the criteria for this award—than Becky. It is an honor for the Jefferson College of Pharmacy and all of Jefferson to celebrate her as the recipient of this award.”
The Whitney Award recipient is elected annually by a vote of past recipients. Since the award was established in 1950, the rich pharmacy heritage of pharmacy practice at Jefferson has been well-represented by four previous recipients. Herbert L. Flack (1961 recipient) and Dr. Joe E. Smith (1988) previously served Jefferson as directors of pharmacy. Dr. Herbert S. Carlin (1977) and Dr. Neil Davis (2000) completed their pharmacy residency training at Jefferson before making their contributions elsewhere.
ASHP represents pharmacists who serve as patient care providers in acute and ambulatory settings. The organization’s 45,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. For more than 75 years, ASHP has been at the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety.
Dr. Finley will be presented her award on June 5 during ASHP’s Summer Meetings in Denver.