Clifton J. Latiolais Legacy

Clifton J. LatiolaisClifton J. Latiolais received his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy in 1952 from Loyola University in New Orleans, LA. He then earned his master’s degree with residency in hospital pharmacy from the Pharmacy School of University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Before joining The Ohio State University Hospitals, he held the chief pharmacist position at the University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital and served as assistant director of ASHP/APhA Audit of Pharmaceutical Services in Hospitals.

Latiolais began this career at The Ohio State University in 1958 and retired in 1983 after bringing international distinction to The Ohio State University Hospitals and the College of Pharmacy. During his tenure he mentored 129 outstanding leaders in hospital pharmacy and pharmacy education who continue to have an enormous impact on the institutional practice of pharmacy. Many of these and subsequent graduates hold prominent positions in the profession.

In a manner of speaking, Latiolais was at the pinnacle of hospital pharmacy for 30 years. Back in 1958 when Latiolais first became director of pharmacy at The Ohio State University hospitals, many hospitals were using floor stock distribution models. In his time as Ohio State, Latiolais redesigned the drug distribution system by developing a patient-specific 5-day supply system, which replaced the floor stock system. Another hospital pharmacy breakthrough occurred in 1965 when Latiolais developed the first IV Admixture Program in a teaching hospital. Latiolais revitalized the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and implemented Nuclear Pharmacy and Drug Information Services, among many others.

In addition to radically redesigning hospital pharmacy, Latiolais established a graduate and residency program at Ohio State in 1959, which has produced directors of pharmacy at many of the top teaching hospitals in the nation. As of 2009, this Pharmacy MS program has developed 9 ASHP presidents, 6 Harvey A.K. Whitney Award recipients, 3 APhA presidents, and several have served as ACCP, AACP, and ACPE presidents.

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