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Press Release

November 19, 2021

Sandra L. Kane-Gill Receives ASHP Foundation 2021 Literature Award for Sustained Contributions

The ASHP Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2021 Literature Awards. Awarded in five categories, the program recognizes pharmacists who have made significant contributions to biomedical literature.

Award for Sustained Contributions

The recipient of the Literature Award for Sustained Contributions is Sandra L. Kane-Gill, Pharm.D., M.Sc., FCCM, FCCP, professor of pharmacy and therapeutics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. Dr. Kane-Gill is a federally funded researcher whose work focuses on effective approaches for the detection, prevention, and management of medication errors and adverse drug events.

Dr. Kane-Gill has successfully incorporated health information technology, including clinical decision support and telemedicine, to advance healthcare systems in promoting better safety and quality of care for patients. She also applies implementation science strategies to ensure adoption of medication safety practices.

She holds secondary appointments at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the Clinical Translational Science Institute and departments of critical care medicine and biomedical informatics. She also serves as professor for the Center for Critical Care Nephrology and Center for Medical Machine Learning. In addition to her academic appointments, Dr. Kane-Gill is a critical care medication safety pharmacist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

A frequent presenter at national professional meetings, Dr. Kane-Gill participated in the Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes and Acute Disease Quality Initiative consensus conferences. She has published over 200 articles and book chapters related to critical care and patient safety and serves on the editorial boards of Critical Care Medicine and Annals of Pharmacotherapy. She is president-elect of the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Awards for Innovation, Research Projects

The Literature Awards also recognizes authors of significant and impactful articles published in 2020 that demonstrate the value of the pharmacy workforce to patient care and outcomes. The 2021 awardees are:

Innovation in Pharmacy Practice

Bruce Chaffee, Pharm.D., FASHP, Jamie C. Tharp, Pharm.D., John S. Clark, Pharm.D., M.S., and Stanley Kent, B.S.Pharm., M.S., FASHP

“A compounding compliance team at an academic medical center,” AJHP

Pharmacy Practice Research

Joseph Herges, Pharm.D., BCPS, Bijan J. Borah, Ph.D., James P. Moriarty, M.Sc., Gregory M. Garrison, M.D., Rachel E. Gullerud, B.A., and Kurt B. Angstman, M.D.

“Impact of collaborative clinician visits on postdischarge total cost of care in a polypharmacy population,” AJHP

Drug Therapy Research

Jason Hecht, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, Emily J. Han, Pharm.D., Anne H. Cain-Nielsen, M.S., John W. Scott, M.D., M.P.H., Mark R. Hemmila, M.D., and Wendy L. Wahl, M.D.

“Association of Timing of Initiation of Pharmacologic Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis with Outcomes in Trauma Patients,” Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

Student Research

Neda Kazerouni, Pharm.D., Adriane N. Irwin, Ximena A. Levander, Jonah Geddes, Kirbee Johnston, Carly J. Gostanian, Baylee S. Mayfield, Brandon T. Montgomery, Diana C. Graalum, and Daniel M. Hartung

“Pharmacy-related buprenorphine access barriers: An audit of pharmacies in counties with a high opioid overdose burden,” Drug and Alcohol Dependence


About the ASHP Foundation

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. To learn more about the Foundation’s programs, visit ashpfoundation.org.