Douglas J. Scheckelhoff is the Director, Pharmacy Practice Sections, at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists in Bethesda. In this role, he has oversight responsibility for the five membership component groups known as Sections. He also serves as the staff Director for the Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers and is responsible for supporting membership needs around management and leadership issues.
Mr. Scheckelhoff graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS in Pharmacy in 1983. He earned his Master of Science and completed a residency in Hospital Pharmacy at The Ohio State University Hospitals in 1985. After completing his residency, Doug held the position of Assistant Director of Pharmacy at The Ohio State University Medical Center, Associate Director of Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky Medical Center and Director of Pharmacy at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC. While in these roles, he has been responsible for evaluating, improving and managing pharmacy systems, as well as implementing new programs, computer systems, and pharmacy automation. He has been on the faculty of The Ohio State University, University of Kentucky, George Washington University and currently is on the faculty of the University of Maryland and Howard University.
He is a past president of both the Kentucky Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Washington Metro Society of Health-System Pharmacists. He also was elected to the ASHP Board of Directors and served as chair of the ASHP Council of Administrative Affairs. He was recognized for his contributions to practice excellence by being named a Fellow of ASHP in 1996 and received the "Pharmacist of the Year" award by the Washington Metropolitan Society of Health-System Pharmacists in 2000. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from The Ohio State University, College of Pharmacy in 2003.
He has been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and numerous other news and trade related press publications. He has also appeared live on CNN Early Edition, National Public Radio (NPR), Maryland Public Television and regional Washington DC radio stations speaking on a variety of topics important to pharmacy. In 1999, he testified before the U.S. Congress on the impact of the drug shortage problem at that time focusing on immune globulins. More recently he testified before the Food and Drug Administration with recommendations on actions the agency should take to curb the counterfeit drug problem and a task force chaired by the Surgeon General on the risks of drug importation. He has made over 75 presentations and has published over 25 articles and book chapters on a variety of subjects related to management, quality and medication safety. Doug lives in Laurel, Maryland with his wife Cheri and their four children, DJ, Trevor, Tessa, and Hope.