November 8, 2023
The Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacy (OSHP) hosted the 2023 Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio, October 27-28. The event was held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and included an awards ceremony recognizing excellence among the organization’s members.
The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy was represented by four accomplished award recipients of the 14 total awardees.
Walter M. Frazier Award
Robert Weber, RPh, PharmD, MS, BCPS, FASHP
The Walter M. Frazier Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated sustained exemplary service in health-system and community service.
Robert Weber, RPh, PharmD, MS, BCPS, FASHP, director of the MS in Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership program, was selected to receive the 2023 OSHP Walter M. Frazier Award. Dr. Weber has served as an active member of OSHP’s community, both as a practitioner and educator of pharmacy.
“Participating in OSHP provides me a path to keep current on all updates and important changes in health-system pharmacy,” Dr. Weber said. “OSHP has been valuable to me as I led the Ohio State pharmacy enterprise and in my role as a senior faculty member in the College of Pharmacy.”
Dr. Weber is the latest in a long line of Ohio State professionals to receive the Frazier Award.
“This award is very special to me, as many of my mentors and those I admire have received it,” Dr. Weber said. “In particular, Dr. Clifton J. Latiolais received this award in 1981 and told us that this award was his most prized – primarily due to his respect for Walter Frazier.”
Preceptor of the Year
Justin Kullgren, PharmD, CPE
The Preceptor of the Year award recognizes the health-system pharmacy preceptor who contributed most to teaching learners (students and/or residents) over the past year.
Justin Kullgren, PharmD, CPE, is the residency program director the PGY-2 Pain Management and Palliative Care Residency Program at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Kullgren earned his PharmD from Ohio State in 2005 and worked as a faculty member at Roseman University of Health Sciences and South College following his graduation. In 2016, Dr. Kullgren returned to clinical practice by joining the Wexner Medical Center.
“He brought his passion for teaching to our team, building our presence as preceptors for pharmacy students and both physician and APP Fellows,” said former Pain Management and Palliative Care Residency Program Director Maureen Saphire, PharmD, BCGP.
Dr. Kullgren and the rest of the palliative pharmacy team collectively precept dozens of learners each year. His colleagues note the energy and effectiveness that he brings to the teaching environment.
“Dr. Kullgren has an infectious excitement for teaching that spreads to his colleagues,” Dr. Saphire said. “He is a natural mentor who possesses the ability to ignite passion in his mentees. He holds learners accountable and helps motivate and guide them to develop the critical thinking and interpersonal skills needed to succeed.”
PGY-2 Resident of the Year
Anna Clennon, PharmD
The Resident of the Year Awards recognize a pharmacy resident who has demonstrated exceptional skills in the area of residency practice.
Anna Clennon, PharmD served as an oncology resident at Ohio States’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute from January 2022 to August 2023. Dr. Clennon also completed her first year of residency at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.
“I have had the pleasure of seeing Anna grow during both her PGY1 and PGY2 years at our institutions,” said Wexner Medical Center PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program Director Tracy Wiczer, PharmD, BCOP. “Throughout her residency training, Anna has been highly motivated, shows outstanding research skills and goes above and beyond for her patients.”
Dr. Clennon completed her PGY2 research project, “Effect of enfortumab vedotin dose adjustment on efficacy in metastatic urothelial carcinoma: a retrospective single-center experience” which was selected for the Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association Top 10 Trainee Award.
“From the start of the residency year, Anna’s desire to conduct research and learn about hematology and oncology practice has been evident,” said Dr. Clennon’s team of research preceptors: Megan Hinkley, PharmD, BCOP; Kristen Nymberg, PharmD, BCOP; and Lauren Ledbetter, PharmD, BCOP. “She sought out research ideas and once selecting this topic from our GU pharmacy team, took complete ownership of the project.”
After departing Ohio State in September, Dr. Clennon joined the staff of Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Community Physicians as a clinical pharmacist of hematology/oncology.
Bob Parsons Non-Graduating Student Scholarship
The Bob Parsons Award recognizes an outstanding professional student enrolled in a Doctor of Pharmacy program at an Ohio-based College of Pharmacy.
Third-year Doctor of Pharmacy student Isabel Dingeldein currently works as an inpatient pharmacy intern at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Dingeldein is the current president of student organization APhA-ASP and secretary of the Ohio State chapter of the Rho-Chi Honor Society. She was nominated for the award by Nationwide’s Chief Pharmacy Officer, Matt Sapko, MS, PharmD.
“It is amazing to witness someone so talented,” Dr. Sapko said. “She can truly do anything! I think Isabel will have a dynamic career that will evolve in many different phases.”
At Nationwide, Dingeldein not only provides clinical services, but has taken part in a variety of research projects. She will present her recent research conducted in the hospital’s pediatric ICU at the Critical Care Congress meeting in January and at the ASHP Midyear conference in December.
“The award means so much to me,” Dingeldein said. “I have worked hard to prove myself in my internship and at school, and it feels amazing to be recognized for that. I cannot wait to take everything that I have learned with me into APPEs next year and apply all the skills that I have gathered up to this point.”