College of Pharmacy Latiolais Award Presented to Bonnie Kirschenbaum

Bonnie Kirschenbaum

The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy is pleased to announce that Bonnie Kirschenbaum, MS, FASHP, FCSHP, is this year’s recipient of the Latiolais Award. Kirschenbaum has been chosen for this honor by past recipients. The award was officially presented to Kirschenbaum at the annual Latiolais Luncheon at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in New Orleans.

The Latiolais Award was created by former students to honor Clif Latiolais, an Ohio State College of Pharmacy professor who created the hospital pharmacy graduate and residency program. The award is presented to a graduate of the hospital-systems pharmacy administration program or an individual involved with the development of these programs who has made significant contributions to institutional pharmacy practice.

Throughout her career, Kirschenbaum has been an active participant and has held elected office in local, state (CA and CO) and national professional pharmacy societies and serves as a mentor to pharmacy students and residents as well as to musicians throughout the US and Canada.

She grew up in Vegreville, Alberta, Canada, graduated from the University of Alberta in Edmonton with a BSc in Pharmacy in 1971, and completed a residency at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. She joined the Pharmacy Department, remaining on staff for two years. During this time, she was invited to participate in the first Baxter IV Admixture program held in Canada, and interacted with Cliff Latiolais, who subsequently asked her to join the residency program at Ohio State. Working as his resident led to development and refinement of philosophical perspectives, personal commitment and enthusiasm for excellence, which Latiolais sought to develop in his residents and staff

After completion of an MS and residency program in 1976, Kirschenbaum moved to Los Angeles, holding a variety of positions at Brotman Medical Center and a cross appointment as clinical faculty at the USC School of Pharmacy.

In 1984, NME (now Tenet Healthcare) recruited Kirschenbaum to a corporate position supporting pharmacy services in their numerous acute care, rehabilitation medicine and psychiatric hospitals providing a full spectrum of healthcare across the country. She subsequently became the assistant vice president of pharmacy services. Simultaneously, she coordinated information systems activities to support automation, medication administration, documentation, dispensing, and billing in more than 50 hospitals, and developed and implemented a weighted work unit CDM for both product and clinical functions along with international consulting responsibilities in the NME Asian Pacific market.

In 1999, she joined R & D LABORATORIES, INC. as executive vice president with responsibilities for large multi-site Phase IV Clinical Trial Budgets, Contracting and Business Management associated with bringing Ferrlecit® to the US market. After the sale of the company in 2001, she relocated to Breckenridge, Colorado where she began consulting, speaking, writing and subsequently doing philanthropic work with the National Repertory Orchestra. She also joined the Keystone Symposia for molecular and cellular biology as a meeting associate and facilitator for two seasons.

Kirschenbaum currently shares her time between Breckenridge and Boulder Colorado.