Willis G. Gregory Memorial Award

Congratulations to Lee Vermeulen, BS '90, 2019 Willis G. Gregory Memorial Award recipient.  


Vermeulen is Chief of Enterprise Academic Service Lines for UK HealthCare, the University of Kentucky health system. In his executive role, he is responsible for the development and oversight of enterprise-wide academic service lines that horizontally integrate care delivery across age groups, medical and surgical disciplines, settings of care and operational units in a value-based, patient-centered model.

He is Professor of Medicine and Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky.  His academic work focuses on the development and implementation of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and clinical decision support tools that drive the efficient delivery of high-quality health care. 

He is an active health services researcher with over 80 peer-reviewed publications emphasizing the cost and value of emerging health care trends. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and a Masters in pharmacy administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He completed residency training in pharmacy practice and pharmacy administration at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, and completed a fellowship in medical technology assessment at the University Healthsystem Consortium (now Vizient).

Vermeulen has been awarded Fellowship in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and International Pharmaceutical Federation, and he is the recipient of the Winston J. Durant Lecture Award and the Donald E. Francke Medal. He is an active member of the International Pharmacy Federation, Hospital Pharmacy Section, currently serving as secretary and a board member. 

Willis G. Gregory.

The Willis G. Gregory Memorial Award bears the name of our school's fourth dean and is given annually to an outstanding alumni pharmacist who personifies the ideals of service, integrity, and who, in the eyes of his or her associates, personifies the profession of pharmacy. This is the Alumni Association's most prestigious award.


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 exemplary, longstanding, professional service; longstanding contributions within:  pharmacy organizations, the University at Buffalo and the community; and unique achievements, discoveries, creations and other contributions to society and continued leadership of the profession of pharmacy.

Please Note: Current faculty members are ineligible for nomination