John M. Pezzuto, the dean of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy was recently honored with the Friends of Pharmacy Award for 2013 from the Hawaiʻi Pharmacists Association.
Pezzuto was recognized with the annual award at the Hawaiʻi Pharmacists Association’s general membership meeting in October. The award is given to a non-pharmacist who has made significant contributions toward improving or expanding the profession of pharmacy in the State of Hawaiʻi ( HPhA).
“Dr. Pezzuto’s efforts to build a top-ranked, research-intensive pharmacy school from the ground up are unparalleled,” said Carolyn Ma, president of the Hawaiʻi Pharmacists Association and associate professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the pharmacy college. “Through his leadership, Hawaiʻi has the first and only fully accredited college of pharmacy in the Pacific Rim, a growing number of first- and second-year residency opportunities, nationally and internationally recognized expertise and leadership in pharmaceutical research and delivery of rural healthcare.”
“It has been a great honor serving as founding dean of the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy,” said Pezzuto. “I am proud of our many accomplishments and unique ability to serve the entire State of Hawaiʻi as well as the Pacific Region as a whole. On behalf of the students, faculty and staff of the College, I am pleased to accept this designation graciously bestowed by the HPhA. They can count on us serving as a Friend of Pharmacy for many years to come.”