The Clifton J. Latiolais Award, named in honor of Dr. Latiolais, is presented annually to a graduate of a program participating in the Residency in Hospital Pharmacy/Master of Science program at The Ohio State University or to an individual intimately involved with the development of the programs. The Award is given to an individual of high professional ideals who has made significant contributions to institutional pharmacy practice, education, administration and/or research. The individual will have demonstrated throughout his/her career the philosophical perspectives, personal committment and enthusiasm for excellence which Dr. Latiolais sought to develop in his residents.
The Selection Committee is honored to present the 2001 Clifton J. Latiolais Award to James R. Knight
James Knight's first position was at E. J. Meyer Memorial Hospital in Buffalo, New York, where he achieved the level of Assistant Director under Wayne Conrad, Pharm. D., as Director of Pharmacy. In 1978 Mr. Knight was recruited to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center as Director of Pharmacy. During his tenure at Vanderbilt he has built a preeminent pharmacy practice by developing a uniquely longstanding core team and by leveraging technology and informatics. He is an early and nationally recognized proponent of automation in Hospital Pharmacy. At Vanderbilt University Hospital he has led the implementation of these services: a pharmacy technician training program, unit dose/IV admixture services, IP and OP Pharmacy computerization, and central and decentralized automated dispensing. As a result of his direction, and in light of the FDA's emphasis on improving quality control, the Pharmacy's contribution to investigational drug and professional compounding services has been greatly expanded. The investigational division of the Pharmacy currently provides service for 130 protocols, compounding has increased 300%, and sterile compounding has increased 100%. Mr. Knight is involved in the justification and implementation of pharmaceutical care services focused on Transplant, Oncology, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Hemophilia, Trauma and Cardiology. His recent efforts over the past eight years have been involved with directing and facilitating the pharmacy's role in a state-of-the-art computerized physician order entry system (CPOE). This successful CPOE is recognized as one of the best such systems in the country and as the CPOE system with the most input by pharmacy. Two major current goals are: (1) to assume the responsibility for billing oncology, blood factors, and other very expensive drugs and (2) to implement a pharmacotherapeutic ambulatory clinic which will focusing initially on patients failing hyperlipidemia drug therapy.
James Knight is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacoeconomics at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. At Vanderbilt he has led the implementation of an educational component, which initially consisted of an ASHP, accredited general practice residency training program for minority pharmacists. Seven minority residents have graduated from this program, and two former residents remain on staff. Now the program accepts any applicant with qualifications, and there are for four general practice residents and one pediatric specialty resident. Vanderbilt Pharmacy is also a major teaching site for pharmacy students from the UT College of Pharmacy and six other colleges of pharmacy.
During a time of national shortage of pharmacy employees the Department has been successful in its recruitment efforts on a regional, national, and even international level; six pharmacists and six technicians come from countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, and one of the Caribbean islands.
During his TSHP presidency years (1987-90) he worked with all pharmacy practitioners to create a consensus on new roles for certified pharmacy technicians, the results of which became the basis for the change in the Pharmacy Practice Act. He is also credited with planning and implementing the first invitational conference on pharmaceutical care in Tennessee. The proceedings of this multidisciplinary conference were used by TSHP to guide their educational programming. Mr. Knight received the TSHP Hospital Pharmacist of the year (1986), the TPA Pharmacist of the year (1990) and the Thomas C Sharp, Sr. Award in 1991. He served as the Chairman of the ASHP Council on Administrative Affairs in 1991. At the 2001 ASJHP Annual Meeting he was recognized as a Fellow of the American Society of Health System. He has just received appointments to the ASHP's Pharmacy Practice Management Advisory Council and has agreed to serve as one of the two ASHP's appointments of volunteers to the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education. In the role of a practitioner in hospital pharmacy he will help them to improve the accreditation of professional degree programs of colleges of pharmacy and the accreditation of providers of pharmacy continuing education.
The Clifton J. Latiolais Award Selection Committee recognizes James Knight for his contributions and dedication to pharmacy practice and for his dedication to the values that were both characteristic and important to Clif Latiolais. Please join in congratulating James on this significant and rewarding achievement.