AIHP’s Board of Directors is responsible for setting the policies and strategic direction of the Institute and overseeing the care and management of its assets, including its endowed funds, publications, and historical collections. The Board is comprised of five officers, three elected directors, and up to three appointed directors. The Institute’s Historical Director and the Dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy are ex officio members of the Board.
AIHP’s Nominations Committee is responsible for selecting nominees to fill vacancies on the Board. See the Institute’s Bylaws for additional information concerning the Board of Directors.
President (Term: 2022-2024)
John D. Grabenstein, RPh, PhD, ScD (Hon), is a globally recognized vaccinologist, pharmacist, and epidemiologist. He has written more than 300 articles and 11 books, primarily on topics of immunization, public health, and leadership. Dr. Grabenstein is president of Vaccine Dynamics, a consultancy providing services related to human vaccines, antibody products, and other immunologic drugs. He also serves as the Managing Editor of IZ Express, the newsletter of Immune.org.
Dr. Grabenstein received his pharmacy degree from Duquesne University, a master’s degree in education from Boston University, and a doctorate in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2021 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health. Dr. Grabenstein is the 2020 recipient of APhA’s Remington Honor Medal, American pharmacy’s highest honor for distinguished service. An AIHP member since 1994, Dr. Grabenstein joined the Institute’s Board of Directors in 2018, served as Vice President from 2020-21, and became the organization’s President in November 2021.
Dr. Grabenstein’s prior positions include Global Director of Medical Affairs for Merck Vaccines (where he led medical-affairs and scientific-policy activities for a global enterprise that provided 180 million doses annually for 13 vaccines) and Director of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Military Vaccine Agency (where he oversaw the Defense Department immunization programs for 9 million troops, retirees, and family members spread across four continents and dozens of ships at sea).
Vice President (Term: 2023-2025)
Cynthia J. Boyle, PharmD, FAPhA, is Professor Emeritus of Practice, Sciences, and Health Outcomes Research at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She earned pharmacy degrees from the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy and the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, and she has practiced pharmacy in the community, health system, and consulting settings. Dr. Boyle has been an AIHP member since 2003. She first joined AIHP’s Board of Directors in 2020.
Dr. Boyle is past president of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and chaired the 2020-2021 Argus Commission comprised of the five most recent AACP presidents. She is a former president of national Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) and is co-advisor for the Beta Lambda PLS chapter. She is also a former president of her state pharmacy association and its foundation.
Dr. Boyle has received the APhA Good Government Pharmacist-of-the-Year and Francke Leadership Mentor Awards as well the Bowl of Hygeia and Maryland’s Top 100 Women. She has taught “Effective Leadership and Advocacy” since 2002 and supports student pharmacists in her roles as faculty member, mentor, preceptor, advisor, and philanthropist.
Secretary (Term: 2021–2023)
Robert A. Buerki, PhD, RPh, is Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, where he has taught the history of pharmacy and professional ethics for many years. He received a BS in Pharmacy and a MS in Social Studies in Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned a PhD from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Buerki has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles in the areas of professional ethics and pharmacy history and education. He is also the author of several books, including Ethical Responsibility in Pharmacy Practice (with Louis D. Vottero) (AIHP, 2002) and Foundations of Ethical Pharmacy Practice (with Louis D. Vottero) (AIHP, 2008).
Dr. Buerki has been inducted into the International Academy of the History of Pharmacy and is the 2004 recipient of AIHP’s Edward Kremers Award. He received the 2020 AIHP Robert P. Fischelis Award for his exceptional contributions to the Institute and the field of the history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals.
Dr. Buerki has been a member of AIHP since 1963 and served as its President from 1983-85. He has served as AIHP’s Secretary since 2005.
Treasurer (Term: 2023-2025)
Holly Mason, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Pharmacy Administration in the College of Pharmacy at Purdue University. He previously served as Senior Associate Dean from 1993-2008. He received his BS in Pharmacy and PhD in Social Sciences of Pharmacy and Pharmacy Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy. During his graduate program, one of his two secondary areas of study was the history of pharmacy.
Dr. Mason has been on the Purdue faculty for more than 40 years, beginning in 1979. He is an APhA Fellow and he has received various awards, including the Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Educator Award presented by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, and he was recognized by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy as a Citation of Merit recipient.
His research focuses on the development of methodologies to assess performance-based student outcomes in pharmacy education; pharmacist practice patterns and the supply of pharmacy personnel; the effects of pharmacy education and practice on the career path development of pharmacists; and the delivery of patient-oriented pharmacy services.
He has been a member of AIHP since 1982 and served two terms on the AIHP Council (1990-1993, 2000-2003). He has been AIHP Treasurer since 2019.
Director (Elected) (Term: 2021-2023)
Catherine Taglieri, PharmD, RPh, is an Associate Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS). She has practiced in a variety of pharmacy settings, including community, consulting and long-term care. She received both a BS in Pharmacy and a PharmD from MCPHS University.
Dr. Taglieri practiced as a clinical pharmacist in an ambulatory care setting and prior to that was a faculty coordinator for the pharmacy skills labs for MCPHS University. In 2018, she was awarded the Trustee’s Award for teaching excellence. Her area of research is primarily in the scholarship of teaching and learning, but she also has published abstracts and brief articles in the field of pharmaceutics and the history of pharmacy.
Professor Taglieri has been an active member of the AACP History of Pharmacy Special Interest Group and serves as Co-Editor of the group’s newsletter. Professor Taglieri has been an AIHP member since 2013 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2018.
Director (Elected) (Term: 2022–2024)
John E. Clark, PharmD, MS, FASHP, is an assistant professor in the department of pharmacotherapeutics and clinical research and director of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of South Florida (USF) Health Taneja College of Pharmacy in Tampa. He previously served as director of experiential education and pharmacy residency programs.
Dr. Clark is also a clinical pharmacist and faculty preceptor in ambulatory care at the USF Morsani Health Center Building Relationships and Initiatives Dedicated to Gaining Equality (BRIDGE) Healthcare Clinic. The BRIDGE Healthcare Clinic is a student-run, multidisciplinary, nonprofit clinic that services uninsured and underinsured patients in the Tampa area.
Before joining the faculty at USF, Dr. Clark held several roles at Jackson Memorial Hospital Department of Pharmacy in Miami, Florida, Grand Prairie Community Hospital in Grand Prairie, Texas, and Detroit General Hospital. He earned a BS in Pharmacy from Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy and a PharmD from Florida A&M University. He earned an MS in Pharmaceutical Administration from Wayne State University and completed his residency training at Detroit General Hospital.
Dr. Clark is a past president of the Association of Black Health-Systems Pharmacists (ABHP). An active member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), he received the ASHP Distinguished Leadership Award in 2021 and the ASHP-ABHP Joint Leadership Award in 2019. Dr. Clark has a deep and active interest in the history of pharmacy. His book, Early Education of African American Pharmacists 1870-1975 (Bookstand Publishing 2021), traces the history of now-defunct African American pharmacy schools formed during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and the role they played bringing a significant number of African American pharmacists into the profession.
Director (Elected) (Term: 2023-2025)
Patricia C. Kienle, MPA, BCSCP, FASHP, is the Director of Accreditation and Medication Safety for Cardinal Health Innovative Delivery Solutions, where she leads efforts to ensure that Cardinal Health’s client hospitals establish and maintain comprehensive, safe, and effective medication use systems. A nationally recognized expert in medication safety, quality assurance in sterile product and hazardous drug preparation, and accreditation and regulatory compliance, Ms. Kienle has worked as a practitioner and pharmacy director and medication safety leader in hospitals and health systems.
Ms. Kienle is a graduate of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and Marywood University in Scranton, PA. She is an adjunct clinical faculty member at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA. She completed an Executive Fellowship in Patient Safety from Virginia Commonwealth University.
She served on ASHP’s Board of Directors and was president of the Pennsylvania Society of Health-System Pharmacists (PSHP). She is a member of the United States Pharmacopeia Compounding Expert Committee and was chair of its subcommittee and expert panel on hazardous drugs. She also has served on the Board of Pharmacy Specialties Pharmacotherapy Specialty Council and the Board of Governors of the National Patient Safety Foundation.
Ms. Kienle’s awards and honors include the 2022 Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award, health-system pharmacy’s highest honor; the 2014 ASHP Award for Distinguished Pharmacy Leadership; the ASHP John W. Webb Lecture Award; and the PSHP Sister Gonzales Duffy Lecture Award and Pharmacist of the Year.
Ms. Kienle has been an AIHP member since 1983. She is a member of the Institute’s Investments Committee and previously served on the Awards Committee.
Director (Appointed) (Term: 2022-2024)
Sandra M. Fábregas Troche, PhD, RPh, is the Executive Director of Centro Latino de Bioética y Humanidades in San Juan, Puerto Rico. From 1987 to 2010, she served on the faculty of the University of Puerto Rico School of Pharmacy, attaining the rank of Professor. Her teaching interests included the history and evolution of pharmacy, pharmacy ethics, bioethics, and health communication.
Dr. Fábregas received an undergraduate degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences (1977) and a master’s degree in Public Communication (1987) both from the University of Puerto Rico. She completed a second master’s degree in Clinical Bioethics from the University of Chile (1998) and a PhD in History from University of Seville in Spain (2001).
An expert on the history of pharmacy in Puerto Rico, Dr. Fábregas is the author of the book, La Institucionalización de la Farmacia en Puerto Rico (The Institutionalization of Pharmacy in Puerto Rico). She was the project director of the first documentary film of the history of pharmacy in Puerto Rico in 1992. She is a member of the Puerto Rico Pharmacists Association and is a founding member of the Puerto Rican Society of Pharmacy History. She received an AIHP Sonnedecker Visiting Scholar fellowship in 2006, which allowed her to conduct historical research at the Institute.
Dr. Fábregas has been an AIHP member since 1997. She credits her in deep interest in the history of pharmacy to her mentor, Professor Nydia King of the University of Puerto Rico, who pursued post-doctoral studies in pharmacy history at AIHP in the mid-1960s and later became the first woman, and the first person of Hispanic heritage, to serve as the President of AIHP (in 1981-83).
Director (Appointed) (Term: 2022-2024)
Nancy Alvarez, PharmD, BCPS, FAPhA, CPCC, is the Associate Dean for Academic and Professional Affairs at the R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy at The University of Arizona, where she oversees all aspects of the Phoenix branch location. She is also an Associate Professor of Practice for the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, and Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Arizona in 1992 and is a board‐certified pharmacotherapy specialist.
Dr. Alvarez served as the President of the American Pharmacists Association in 2017-2018 and served three terms on the organization’s Board of Trustees. She has served as president for the Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society and vice president for collegiate affairs for the Phi Delta Chi Professional Fraternity. She participates in leader development for the Pharmacy Leadership and Education Institute as a facilitator, content developer and program director. She is the co-author of Lead Grow Shape: A Prescription for Life-Long Leader Development Workbook (2018) and co-author and editor for Bypass Pharmacy Burnout: Changing Your Trajectory to Enhance Your Experience (2021).
Dr. Alvarez received the 2021 Linwood F. Tice Friend of APhA-ASP Award from the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA–ASP). In 2020, she received APhA’s Gloria Niemeyer Francke Leadership Mentor Award.
Dr. Alvarez’s practice experiences include community-based pharmacy practice, end of life care, and medical communications in the pharmaceutical industry. She has been an AIHP member since 2019.
Director (Appointed) (Term: 2023-2025)
Jeffrey L. Sturchio, PhD, is an accomplished historian of the history of medicine and science and an experienced executive in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and nonprofit sectors. He has been a member of AIHP since 1989.
Dr. Sturchio is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a PhD in the history and sociology of science. He is the former CEO of Rabin Martin, a global health strategy consulting firm, and former president and CEO of the Global Health Council. Earlier, he was vice president of corporate responsibility at Merck & Co. Inc. and president of the Merck Company Foundation.
Dr. Sturchio is currently a visiting scholar at the Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise at Johns Hopkins University and a Senior Associate at the Global Health Policy Center of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He also serves as chairman of the board of the Corporate Council on Africa and Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, TB, and Malaria. Dr. Sturchio is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and the Arthur W. Page Society.
His publications include Road to Universal Health Coverage: Innovation, Equity and the New Health Economy (edited with I. Kickbusch and L. Galambos, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019); Noncommunicable Diseases in the Developing World: Addressing Gaps in Global Policy and Research (edited with L. Galambos, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013); and Values & Visions: A Merck Century (Rahway, New Jersey: Merck & Co., Inc., 1991).
AIHP Executive Director
Dennis Birke, became AIHP’s Executive Director in January 2019. In that role, Dennis serves as the chief executive officer of the Institute. He is responsible for executing the Institute’s strategic plans, managing the Institute’s financial affairs, programs, operations, and policies, and supervising the Institute’s staff.
Dennis joined AIHP in January 2018 as Administrative Director. Prior to joining AIHP, Dennis was an attorney at one of Madison’s largest law firms, where his practice included the representation of nonprofit organizations. Dennis also served as the President of the Olbrich Botanical Society, which provides funding and operational support for Olbrich Gardens, a nationally-renowned public garden owned by the City of Madison. He also served as the President of the First Unitarian Society of Madison, one of the largest Unitarian-Universalist congregations in the country and the owner of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Meeting House, a National Historic Landmark. Dennis’ work with nonprofit organizations includes extensive experience with fundraising, membership development, and financial management.
Dennis earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri (Columbia) and a Juris Doctorate degree from the Washington University School of Law.
Ex Officio Director
Lucas Richert, PhD, became AIHP’s Historical Director in 2019. In this role, he is responsible for the Institute’s historical programs and programming. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of AIHP’s academic journal, History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals.
Dr. Richert is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy, where he holds the George Urdang Chair in the History of Pharmacy. He was awarded graduate degrees from the University of Edinburgh and University of London after beginning his academic studies at the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to joining UW-Madison, he was a Lecturer and then a Chancellor’s Fellow in the University of Strathclyde’s Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare.
Read more at his official faculty page at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School Pharmacy web site.
Ex Officio Director
Steven M. Swanson, PhD, is the Dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy. He earned his doctorate in Pharmacognosy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Swanson’s graduate work focused on the ability of retinoids to modulate carcinogen metabolism and binding to nuclear macromolecules such as DNA.
He studied tumor biology and hormonal modulation of mammary carcinogenesis with Satyabrata Nandi in the Cancer Research Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. For three years, Dr. Swanson served on the faculty of the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he used animal model systems to elucidate the cellular mechanisms by which dietary substances modulate carcinogenesis. In 1998, he was recruited back to UIC as an assistant professor where his research has focused on two areas: the discovery of anticancer drugs from natural sources and understanding the role of hormones, particularly growth hormone, in cancer. His research programs have been continuously funded by federal agencies for the past 20 years and he has published over 110 peer-reviewed articles, review articles and book chapters.
Dr. Swanson’s academic leadership positions have included Director of Graduate Studies in Pharmacognosy, Assistant to the Director of the Research Resources Center of the University of Illinois at Chicago, Interim Leader of the Experimental Therapeutics Program of the UIC Cancer Center, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, Visiting Vice Dean and Acting Dean of the College of Pharmacy. He has also served as a Member of the National Institutes of Health Chemo-Dietary Prevention Study Section and as a Scientific Reviewer for the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs in prostate and breast cancer. Dr. Swanson is a member of the advisory board of Endocrinology and Associate Editor of the Journal of Natural Products.
The 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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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):
March 31-April 2, 2023: Annual Conference of the British Society for the History of Pharmacy, Oxford, UK.
May 10-12, 2023: 119th Annual Meeting of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, Nashville, TN.
May 11-14, 2023: 96th Annual Meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
July 22-26, 2023: Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Aurora, CO.
August 30-September 2, 2023: Biennial Meeting of the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health, Oslo, Norway.
November 11-14, 2023: Annual Meeting of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Dallas, TX.
December 3-7, 2023: Midyear Clinical Meeting of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Anaheim, CA.
January 4-7, 2024: Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, San Francisco, CA.
September 4-7, 2024: 46th International Congress for the History of Pharmacy, Belgrade Serbia.