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Excellence in Innovation Award sponsored by Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc.

Recognizes a pharmacist who is involved in an innovative pharmacy practice resulting in improved patient care. The nomination must include a description of the innovative pharmacy practice which would qualify the recipient for this award.

This Year's Recipient

Melissa Somma McGivney, PharmD, FCCP, FAPhA

Melissa Somma McGivney, PharmD, FCCP, FAPhA is currently an Associate Professor & Director for Community Practice at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. She first dreamt up the idea of bringing a state pharmacists network to Pennsylvania over 10 years ago.  She turned the work of her residents into tangible next steps when she helped to create The Pennsylvania Project.  When that project ended, McGivney continued to envision how to leverage and morph her and her resident’s work into what we now know as the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network better known as, PPCN. What separates her from the rest is her ability to turn a vision into reality specifically by turning roadblocks into opportunity.  She is able to do this while thinking big, bringing others along sometimes reluctantly and creating a path forward that no one else can see.

 Past Recipients

2016 Holly Lassila, BSPharm,MSEd, RPh, DPh, MPH
Jamie McConaha, PharmD, CGP, BCACP, CTTS, CDE
Juliana Nowak, RPh, CGP 
2013 Robert Maher Jr., PharmD, CGP
2012 John J. Pavis, RPh
2011 Andrew J. Irons, PharmD
2010 Bethany Miller, RPh
2009 Diane Silverman, RPh
2008 Diane Boomsma, PharmD
2007 Michele Brown, PharmD
2006 John J. Yuscavage, PhD
2005 Not awarded
2004 Bruce S. Sigman, RPh
2003 John Keegan, RPh
2002 Michele Musheno, RPh
2001 Not awarded
2000 Daniel T. Wagner, RPh
1999 Burton Bogdan, RPh
1998 George Strauss, RPh
1997 Not awarded
1996 Richard H. Williams, RPh
1995 James B. Leedy, RPh


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