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Orville C. Baxter Memorial Professional Practice Award

Congratulations to Tricia Lee Wilkins, PharmD '08, the 2017 Orville C. Baxter Memorial Professional Practice Award recipient.

Wilkins is a pharmacy advisor and health information technology specialist working with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. She previously worked as an inpatient pharmacist at an academic medical center in West Virginia and with the Beacon Community Program supporting community led efforts to build and strengthen health IT, improve quality of care and develop innovative delivery of care models.  In this role she also led the ONC Sponsored LDL Challenge, a 16-week rapid cycle quality improvement challenge targeting patients with diabetes across five medical practices. She currently leads health IT standards and policy initiatives related to pharmacy practice and medication use. She is passionate about health IT enabled comprehensive medication management and medication safety.

Wilkins is a 2015 recipient of the Secretary for Health and Human Services Distinguished Service Award, the highest award granted by the Department and conferred by the Secretary.  She earned a doctor of pharmacy degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and completed her Master’s and Doctor of Philosophy degrees at West Virginia University.

The Orville C. Baxter Memorial Professional Practice Award, established in 1992, bears the name of a long standing faculty member who was extraordinarily dedicated to the professional practice of pharmacy. This annual award is given to recognize an outstanding practicing alumni pharmacist who demonstrates high ideals of professionalism and whose practice demonstrates genuine concern for patients.

The recipient must be a practicing pharmacist with at least five years of experience and have a BS in Pharmacy or a PharmD degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.


The recipient must be an alumni pharmacist and hold a degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Selection Guidelines

Nominees should be considered based on their professional and innovative pharmacy practice; concern for patients; pursuit of continuing education; mentoring of pharmacy students; participation in community health information programs; and ability to work cooperatively and effectively with others for the advancement of the profession of pharmacy.

Please Note: Current faculty members are ineligible for nomination

Baxter Award Recipients

2017  Tricia Lee Wilkins '08
2016  Kari Mergenhagen '07
2015  Michael Ghobrial '09
2014  Mark Sinnett '83 '87
2013  Curtis Haas '89
2012  Bharati Bhardwaja '01
2011  Frank Heinrich '83
2010  Joseph Rutowski '84
2009  Tammie Lee Demler '92, '02
2008  John DeAngelis '97
2007  Dean Trzewieczynski '98
2006  Thomas Smith '84
2005  Jeanette Altavela '87, '93
2004  Walter Uber '86  
2003  Richard and Kelly Moon '86
2002  David Haynes '70
2001  Alfonse Muto '83
2000  Maurice Van Sice '61
1999  Thomas Lombardi '86
1998  Carol DiNicolantonio '83
1997  Mary Pasko '78
1996  Guy Greenia '76
1995  Roger Lapp '57
1994  James Coppola '56
1993  Martin Quinn '51

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