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Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Companies “Distinguished Young Pharmacist” Award

Recognizes new pharmacists for their dedication to and participation in PPA, commitment to the practice of pharmacy, and involvement in community activities.

Minimum selection criteria:

Licensed to practice for nine years or less.
Practiced retail, institutional, or consulting pharmacy in the year selected.
Participated in national pharmacy association(s), professional programs, PPA activities and/or community service

This Year's Recipient

Sarah Dombrowski, PharmD

Sarah Dombrowski, PharmD has been a leader among her peers in the association since her graduation from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in 2012.  After completing a community pharmacy practice residency and an ambulatory care residency she began her career as an assistant professor at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy (LECOM).  She has since transitioned to Geisinger Health System where she works as a Medication Therapy Disease Management pharmacist serving as the medication expert on an interdisciplinary health care team.  Within PPA, she is heavily involved with the Educational Foundation by serving on its board of directors and is currently Vice-President. She is the chair for the Grants Committee, serves as a reviewer for the Poster and Scholarship Committees and assists the Leadership Excellence and Advocacy Development (LEAD) program as their curriculum consultant. Dombrowski also recently published a resident research titled in collaboration with APhA in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association.


Past Recipients

2018 Nicole Pezzino, PharmD, BCACP, CDE,
2017 Thomas Franko, PharmD, BCACP
2016 Brandon Antinopoulos, PharmD
Karleen Melody, PharmD, BCPS
Nicholas Leon, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP
2013 Stephanie Harriman McGrath, PharmD
2012 Jamie L. McConaha, PharmD
2011 Adam C. Welch, PharmD
2010 Maria Osborne, PharmD
2009 Vince Hartzell, PharmD
2008 Julie Olenak, PharmD
2007 Melissa Sherer Krause, PharmD
2006 Melissa Somma McGivney, PharmD
2005 Jamie Holowka, PharmD
2004 Sherri Lee, RPh
2003 George Haynes, PhD, PharmD
2002 Robert Maher, Jr., RPh
2001 Daniel J. Vacca, RPh
2000 James V. Reginelli, RPh
1999 Michele Lennox, RPh
1998 Todd R. Schlemmer, RPh
1997 Faithann M. Grigalunas, RPh
1996 Heidi Beichner, RPh
1995 Rocco J. DiMattia, RPh
1994 Robert W. Piavis, Jr., RPh
1993 Michael Schwartz, RPh
1992 Theresa M. Talbott, RPh
1991 David Ostrow, RPh


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