Ray R. Maddox, B.S., Pharm.D., FASHP, a native of Savannah, Georgia, graduated with a baccalaureate degree in Pharmacy from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. Dr. Maddox completed a post-graduate residency in hospital pharmacy practice at the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed the Doctor of Pharmacy degree and clinical pharmacy residency training at the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Maddox was a member of the faculty of the Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina from 1977 until 1982. In this position he led the development of one of the earliest comprehensive clinical pharmacokinetic services. He joined the pharmacy administrative staff of Emory University Hospital in Atlanta in 1982 where he subsequently became the Director of Pharmaceutical Services and led the development of comprehensive clinical services and advanced practice clinical pharmacy residencies. From 1987 until 1992 he was Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences at Idaho State University where he helped to develop and implement the Doctor of Pharmacy program and a unique non-traditional PharmD delivery system. Dr. Maddox is the former Director of Clinical Pharmacy, Research & Pulmonary Medicine for the St. Joseph's/Candler Health System in Savannah, Georgia. In this capacity he directed the clinical pharmacy and pulmonary medicine departments as well as the research program for the Health System and was principal investigator on numerous studies conducted with collaborating physicians. Dr. Maddox became the campus dean for the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy Southeast Georgia campus located in Savannah in August 2015. He was also appointed Clinical Professor and Associate Department Head for the Department of Clinical and Administrative Sciences of the College.
Dr. Maddox maintains an active involvement in clinical service development and research and has been an advocate and innovator in the implementation of hospital medication safety technology. These include development of bedside medication barcode and system-wide implementation of IV “smart pump” technology for large and small volume fluids. Additionally smart pump technology for patient controlled analgesia (PCA) that incorporates continuous respiratory monitoring with pulse oximetry and capnography has been implemented. This system has unique features that significantly improve the safety of PCA. Maddox has written multiple manuscripts with collaborating authors and made numerous presentations about these initiatives at regional, national, and international professional meetings.
Dr. Maddox has authored numerous manuscripts and presented papers to audiences of health care professionals in the U.S. and abroad. He is extensively involved in professional practice and educational organizations and has served in leadership positions of committees of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties. He chaired the BPS during the years of its evaluation and recognition of several early specialties in pharmacy practice. He has also served in various capacities in state and local professional societies and is a past-president of the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists. He has developed and implemented advanced practice residency programs throughout his career at all of the sites at which he has practiced.
Dr. Maddox is involved in his community and commits much of his time to philanthropic and international mission efforts through local programs as well as the Faith in Practice Medical Mission to Guatemala for which he serves as a member of the Board of Directors and medical team leader. He has led more than 35 medical and surgical teams to Guatemala over the last 18 years. He is actively engaged in his church and has held numerous leadership positions in his congregation.
Dr. Maddox was recognized as Fellow, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FASHP) in 1998. In 2008 he received the Paul F. Parker Award from the University of Kentucky in recognition of his contribution to the Profession as a former graduate of the Kentucky Residency Program. He was recognized as “Pharmacist of the Year” by the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists in 1998. Maddox has received multiple awards for his community service and has been recognized as a “Health Care Hero” by the Georgia Medical Society several times. He was given the “James R. Leintz Humanitarian Award” by St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System in 2012 for his demonstration of the System’s values of compassion, quality, integrity, courtesy, accountability and teamwork. Dr. Maddox received the prestigious John W. Webb Lecture Award in 2013 presented by the ASHP Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers and Bouvé College of Pharmacy, Northeastern University.