William A. Zellmer Lecture Fund: Where Practice Meets Policy

The ASHP Foundation established the William A. Zellmer Lecture Fund in 2009 to honor one of pharmacy’s distinguished leaders, William A. Zellmer, as he retired. Mr. Zellmer’s ASHP career panned an extraordinary 39 years, and he continues to distinguish himself as a brilliant thinker and writer. His leadership and influence have helped shape the pharmacy profession in the U.S. and abroad.

The William A. Zellmer Lecture Fund is used to invite a distinguished speaker to address the practice leaders of ASHP during ASHP Policy Week on an annual basis. Through the lecture fund, health-system pharmacy leaders from around the country will continue to be inspired and confronted by leading thinkers regarding concerns facing pharmacy and healthcare.

Gifts are welcome to sustain this thought provoking lecture series and honor the legacy of William Zellmer. To donate to the Zellmer Lecture Fund, make a gift onlinedownload the brochure and contribution form, or contact the ASHP Foundation at 301-664-8612; foundation@ashp.org.

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Zellmer Lecturers & Topics

Rear Admiral Pamela Schweitzer, Pharm.D., BCACP, September 20, 2016
• Press Release, 9/12/16: "RADM Pamela M. Schweitzer Honored with Zellmer Lecture Award"

RADM Schweitzer is the 10th Chief Professional Officer (CPO), Pharmacy and Assistant Surgeon General for the United States Public Health Service (PHS).  She is the first female to hold this position for the Pharmacy Category.  RADM Schweitzer is responsible for providing leadership and coordination of PHS pharmacy programs and professional affairs for the Office of the Surgeon General and the Department of Health & Human Services.

Throughout her pharmacy career RADM Schweitzer has served in varied assignments, progressing in leadership responsibilities in the Indian Health Service (IHS), Veterans Administration (VA) and currently with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  RADM Schweitzer began her career with the Indian Health Service (IHS) at the Pine Ridge Indian Hospital in South Dakota followed by geographic and programmatic moves reflecting increasing responsibility and leadership. Her VA service was with the VA Medical Center Hot Springs in South Dakota. Her current duty station with CMS is in Baltimore, MD.

RADM Schweitzer has been recognized for her leadership contributions including receiving the University of California San Francisco Alumnus of the Year Award (2015), University of California San Francisco Excellence Award (2015), Howard University College of Pharmacy Distinguished Pharmacy Leaders Award (2014), American Pharmacists Association Distinguished Federal Pharmacist Award (2014), the USPHS Mary Louise Anderson Leadership Award (2012) and IHS Senior Pharmacist of the Year Award (2013).

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from California State University Fullerton (CSUF), earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Pharmacy, completed an Ambulatory Care/Administrative Residency at University of California Irvine Medical Center and is a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP).  She is currently in the Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA) Program at the University of Southern California (USC) Sol Price School of Public Policy.

Read about past Zellmer lectures