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Press Release

January 28, 2020

DiPiro Named Editor of ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Forecast Report

VCU pharmacy dean to lead 2021 edition of report that identifies strategic planning and practice advancement opportunities for pharmacy practice leaders 

BETHESDA, Md. — The ASHP Foundation today announced that Joseph T. DiPiro, Pharm.D., an internationally recognized pharmacy leader, will serve as editor of Pharmacy Forecast 2021: Strategic Planning Advice for Pharmacy Departments in Hospitals and Health Systems. The Pharmacy Forecast is an annual report that offers insights into innovations and disrupters that have the potential to affect health outcomes, healthcare delivery, and pharmacy practice. 

Dr. DiPiro is Dean, Professor, and Archie O. McCalley Chair at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Pharmacy in Richmond. He served for 12 years as editor of The American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education and is the lead editor of Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, now in its 11th edition. He is also the author of Concepts in Clinical Pharmacokinetics and Editor of the Encyclopedia of Clinical Pharmacy. He has published over 200 journal papers, books, book chapters, and editorials in academic and professional journals.

The Pharmacy Forecast report is published annually in AJHP and supported by the ASHP Foundation through a grant from Omnicell, Inc., to the David A. Zilz Leaders for the Future Fund. Previous editions of the Forecast explored topics such as emerging roles for pharmacists in patient care, pharmacy workforce and education, pharmacy leadership in health systems, the impact of the opioid crisis, the pharmaceutical supply chain, healthcare marketplace, healthcare reform, and pharmacy's readiness to respond to disruptive events.

"We are so pleased to have a researcher and leader with Dr. DiPiro's vision and wealth of experience contribute to the development of the Pharmacy Forecast report,” said ASHP Foundation CEO Steven A. Rubloff. "We look forward to his leadership of this vital strategic planning resource that spurs innovative, pharmacy-led solutions to the most critical issues facing our healthcare system."

Dr. DiPiro is a member of AJHP's Editorial Advisory Board and is a Past President of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). He is a recipient of the ASHP Foundation Award for Sustained Contributions to the Literature, the AACP Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Educator Award, and the ACCP Russell R. Miller Literature Award and the Education Award, and was the 2013 national Rho Chi Distinguished Lecturer. He is a Fellow of ACCP and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

“The Pharmacy Forecast is a critically important resource for both academic and pharmacy practice leaders to ensure that the profession is well positioned to contribute in meaningful ways to changes in the healthcare system, improving health outcomes, and comprehensive medication management,” said DiPiro. “I am honored to have an opportunity to help guide this highly valued resource that addresses pharmacy’s role in today’s complex and rapidly changing healthcare environment.”

Dr. DiPiro will lead the work of the Pharmacy Forecast Advisory Panel, an expert committee of pharmacists comprised of pharmacy practice executives, clinicians, and researchers. The committee engages an array of experts who compile a list of strategic issues they believe will influence health-system pharmacy in the next five years.

The members of the 2021 Pharmacy Forecast Advisory Panel are: 


John A. Armitstead, M.S., R.Ph., FASHP
System Director of Pharmacy
Lee Health
Fort Myers, FL 

Daniel M. Ashby, B.S.Pharm., M.S., D.Sc. (Hon) FASHP 
Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer
The Johns Hopkins Health System 
Baltimore, MD 

Sylvia Belford, Pharm.D., M.S., CPHIMS
Administrator – RTD
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN 

Jannet M. Carmichael, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCP, FAPhA
Pharm Consult NV LLC
Reno, NV 

Marie Chisholm-Burns, Pharm.D., M.P.H., MBA
University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy
Memphis, TN

Melanie A. Dodd, Pharm.D., Ph.C., BCPS, FASHP

Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Associate Professor of Pharmacy in Geriatrics
The University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy
Albuquerque, NM 

Erin R. Fox, Pharm.D., BCPS, FASHP 
Senior Director, Drug Information and Support Services 
PGY2 Program Director, Drug Information Service
University of Utah Health
Salt Lake City, UT

James M. Hoffman, Pharm.D., M.S., FASHP
Chief Patient Safety Officer, Associate Member, Pharmaceutical Sciences
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Memphis, TN

Rita Shane, Pharm.D., FASHP, FCSHP
Chief Pharmacy Officer, Department of Pharmacy Services
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA 

Shelly Wiest, Pharm.D., BCPS, FASHP
Vice President, Pharmacy Services
UC Health – UCMC
Cincinnati, OH 

Tom Woller, R.Ph., M.S., FASHP
System Vice President, Pharmacy Services
Advocate Aurora Health
Milwaukee, WI 

William A. Zellmer, B.S.Pharm., M.P.H.

Founding Editor, Pharmacy Forecast
President, Pharmacy Foresight Consulting
Bethesda, MD

Pharmacy Forecast 2021 will be published in the January 15, 2021, issue of AJHP. The current edition of Pharmacy Forecast is available at



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The ASHP Foundation was established in 1968 by ASHP as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. As the philanthropic arm of ASHP, the Foundation shares ASHP's vision that medication use will be optimal, safe, and effective for all people all of the time. Our mission is to support ASHP by advancing the professional practice of pharmacists and the pharmacy workforce by funding research and education that improves health outcomes through optimal, safe, and effective medication use.

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