2017 AIHP Election Bios & Statements

TO: AIHP Members

RE: 2017 AIHP Board Election

Ballots for the 2017 AIHP election were sent to AIHP members via first-class mail during the week of November 20th. AIHP members will vote for one (1) candidate each for the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Board Member-At-Large. Please return ballots by December 8, 2017.

Listed below are the bios and election statements for each candidate.


William A. Zellmer, B.S. (Pharmacy), M.P.H. is a consultant, writer, and speaker on strategic and professional issues in pharmacy practice and education, reflecting a career-long interest in advancing pharmacy as a vital health profession. He has been a member of AIHP and an active volunteer since his student days at the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy; he was elected president of the Institute in 2013. Bill is retired from the ASHP staff where he served nearly 40 years in various capacities, including as editor of the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy and as deputy executive vice president. Some of Bill’s AJHP editorials were compiled in a book entitled, The Conscience of a Pharmacist-–Essays on Vision and Leadership for a Profession. He co-edited a book of essays by pharmacists entitled Nourishing the Soul of Pharmacy–-Stories of Reflection. He is a Fellow of the International Pharmaceutical Federation and has received honorary doctoral degrees from two universities.

2017 Election Statement: I would find it a privilege to continue to lead the Board of Directors in strategic planning, policies governing AIHP activities, and general oversight of Institute affairs. Special attention will be placed on succession planning for staff leadership, membership development, expanding resources to support AIHP’s mission, fostering a constructive relationship with a new professor in the history of pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin, and hosting the 2019 International Congress for the History of Pharmacy in Washington, DC.

Vice President

Arthur Daemmrich, PhD, is Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History. He previously was an associate professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, an assistant professor at Harvard Business School, and a visiting professor at the China Europe International Business School. His scholarly work analyzes the emergence of technology-based industries, explores the relationship between regulation and innovation, and compares innovation systems internationally. Daemmrich has published in the history of medicine, science and technology studies, and health policy, including the monograph, Pharmacopolitics: Drug Regulation in the United States and Germany, and 50 peer-reviewed articles, books chapters, and teaching cases used worldwide.

2017 Election Statement: The AIHP has long served as a vital resource supporting academic research as well as public outreach and education in the history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals. I aim to strengthen that role by encouraging efforts to bring historical perspective to bear on contemporary issues in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences and support the preservation and expansion of AIHP’s archives and collections. My goal is to work with fellow board members, AIHP’s staff, and core constituents to build additional support for the Institute and enhance programming that connects historians, pharmacists, and interested parties in the pharmaceutical industry.


Robert A. Buerki, Ph.D., R.Ph., teaches history of pharmacy and professional ethics at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy as Professor Emeritus. From 1981-85, he served as President-Elect and President of the AIHP. Dr. Buerki has been inducted into the International Academy of the History of Pharmacy, is the 2004 recipient of the AIHP’s Edward Kremers Award, and has served as Contributing Editor for Pharmacy in History since 1984.

2017 Election Statement: I would like to see the Institute expand its mission to further encompass professional ethics, or in the words of founding Director, George Urdang, “to equip the pharmacist for citizenship in the world of . . . moral responsibility by making him familiar with the . . . humanistic ramifications of the profession.” This would allow the Institute to expand its membership to pharmacists and instructors interested in professional ethics.

Board Member-at-Large

David Herzberg, Ph.D., is a cultural historian at the University at Buffalo (SUNY) who specializes in the intersection between pharmaceuticals and the 20th century consumer culture. Among other places, his work has appeared in American Quarterly, the American Journal of Public Health, the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, and in the book, Happy Pills in America: From Miltown to Prozac. His current project is a book-length history of prescription drug addiction.

207 Election Statement: I am interested in a basic question: what kinds of things are considered “pharmaceutical,” and how and why has that category changed over time? My vision would be to build bridges between the history of pharmacy and other fields. My current project is an attempt to do this by focusing on the contested boundary between “drugs” and “medicines”—a pharmaceutical distinction that has reverberated broadly through society, culture, and politics in the 20th century.

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AIHP COVID-19 ProjectThe American Institute of the History of Pharmacy is documenting and preserving pharmacy stories and experiences during the COVID-19 global pandemic for the benefit of future historians and scholars. We seek to record the effects of this public health emergency on all types of pharmacy experiences. We invite you to share your pharmacy stories, photos, videos, artifacts, and other documentation of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

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Calendar of Events

Upcoming events of interest to historians of pharmacy, pharmaceuticals, medicines, science, and related fields. (Event information current when posted. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, please double-check the status of all events):

May 28-31, 2024: Kremers Seminar in the History of Pharmacy webinars.
June 27-30, 2024: ADHS Biennial Conference, Buffalo, NY.
July 7-11, 2024: International Social Pharmacy Workshop, Banff, Canada.
September 4-7, 2024: 46th International Congress for the History of Pharmacy, Belgrade Serbia.
January 3-6, 2025: Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, New York City, NY.

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