AIHP Board of Directors

AIHP President William Zellmer
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.

2015 Election Statement: “My first term as President has been a rewarding experience. Working closely with the Board and staff of the Institute, we adopted four major goals through strategic planning, successfully advocated for retention of teaching history of pharmacy in pharmacy-education standards, pursued AIHP sponsorship by national pharmacy associations, and conceptualized a collaborative relationship with a new professorship in pharmacy history at the University of Wisconsin. I would find it a privilege to serve another term.”

AIHP Vice President Arthur Daemmrich
Vice President
Arthur Daemmrich, Ph.D., has been the Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History since 2015. Before joining the Smithsonian, Daemmrich was an associate professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. 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. He previously was an assistant professor at Harvard Business School and a visiting professor at the China Europe International Business School.

2015 Election Statement: “The AIHP has long served as a vital resource supporting academic research as well as public outreach and education concerning the history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals. I will seek 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 continuation and expansion of AIHP’s archives and collections. My goal would be 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.”

AIHP Secretary Robert Buerki
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.

2015 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.

AIHP Treasurer Clarke Ridgway
W. Clarke Ridgway is a native of Wheeling, WV. He received a B.S. in Pharmacy from West Virginia University in 1971. Practice experiences have included retail, hospital, clinic and geriatric settings. Teaching experiences have included history of pharmacy, geriatrics, and laboratory courses. He received the AIHP Teaching Improvement Award in 1985 and recently retired as Assistant Dean for Student Services, West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. Ridgway has served as AIHP Treasurer since 2011 and has also been a member of numerous committees, the Director’s Advisory Panel, and Council President. Research interests include the history of pharmacy practice and the history of home remedies.

2015 Election Statement:The financial foundation of the Institute must be solid and the income stream derived therefrom must be adequate and dependable if the Institute is to carry out its functions. Recent years have made both aims challenging. If re-elected I will continue to apply my interest and experience in budgeting and investing to oversee the financial resources and revenues that are needed to serve the needs of the Institute and its members.

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.

2015 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.

AIHP Board Member Angela Long
Board Member-at-Large
Angela Long, is a strategic public health leader who has expertise in standards for medicines and foods, drug regulation, global health diplomacy, and vaccines. Most recently a senior vice president with the US Pharmacopeia, she began her involvement in the history of medicines and pharmacopoeias when she managed USP’s 175th anniversary celebration in 1995. She also consulted on several organizational histories through her company, RightInsight, Inc. She earned a B.A. in Art History from the University of Maryland, an M.S. in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy from the University of Florida School of Pharmacy, and an M.P.H. in Global Public Health from George Washington University.

2016 Election Statement: I believe my executive leadership skills combined with my personal passion for the history of medicines and pharmacopoeias will help guide AIHP in many new and exciting directions. It is our responsibility to ensure access to history through a variety of mechanisms so that future generations benefit from the knowledge, wisdom, and experiences of the past. We are at a critical juncture where AIHP must modernize its approaches to ensuring this access, and I can help make it happen.

AIHP Executive Director Greg Higby
AIHP Executive Director
Greg Higby, Ph.D., has been Executive Director of the Institute since 1988 after serving as Acting Director (1986-88), Associate Director (1985-86), Assistant Director (1984-85), and Assistant to the Director (1981-84). He received his B.Sc. in Pharmacy from the University of Michigan and Ph.D. in Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (under Glenn Sonndecker). Higby has also served as the Editor of Pharmacy in History from 1986 to the present.

Higby’s publications include the books, In Service to American Pharmacy: The Professional Life of William Procter, Jr. (1992) and The Spirit of Voluntarism: The Unites States Pharmacopeia 1820-1995 (co-authored with Lee Anderson). He has co-edited about another dozen books for the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy including Pill Peddlers, American Pharmacy: A Collection of Historical Essays, and Drugstore Memories.

Higby’s honors include the Edward Kremers Award, the Schelenz Medal, and the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumni Award. He was elected to the honorific International Academy of the History of Pharmacy in 1991.

Higby is a registered pharmacist in the state of Michigan. His hobbies include music (playing trombone and recorder), recreational biking, and watching English Premier League football.

AIHP Ex Officio Board Member Steven M. Swanson, Dean of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ex Officio Board Member
(Dean of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Steven M. Swanson, Ph.D., 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. In July of 2014, Dr. Swanson became the Dean of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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AIHP Thanks the Charter Members of the National Pharmacy Association Sponsorship program

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  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Patron

  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Donor

  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Contributor

  • American Pharmacists Association, Contributor

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AIHP Announces Guidelines on Teaching History in Pharmacy Education

The Historical Studies Committee of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy announces new  AIHP Guidelines on teaching History in Pharmacy Education to meet the “Standards 2016” of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

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