CONTACT: SUSAN L. GREEN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-9465; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: Jan. 23, 2003
UI College of Pharmacy professor honored by American Pharmaceutical Association
James A. Ponto, professor (clinical) in the University
of Iowa College of Pharmacy and chief nuclear pharmacist in the department
of radiology at UI Hospitals and Clinics, has been selected as the 2003 recipient
of the American Pharmaceutical Association's (APhA) Daniel B. Smith Practice
The award recognizes the achievements of pharmacy practitioners in any practice
setting who have distinguished themselves and the pharmacy profession through
outstanding performance and achievement. Ponto was chosen for the award in
recognition of his efforts in advancing innovative pharmaceutical care in
nuclear pharmacy. He will receive the award during the APhA's 2003 Annual
Meeting and Exposition, March 28 through April 1, in New Orleans.
Ponto, who joined the UI in 1978, received a bachelor's degree in pharmacy
at the UI in 1977, and a master's degree in radiopharmacy from the University
of Southern California in 1978. He is a board-certified nuclear pharmacist
and provides nuclear pharmacy services in the Nuclear Medicine Clinic at
UI Hospitals and Clinics. His research focuses on radiopharmaceuticals, including
drug interactions and interventions, as well as radiopharmaceutical trials
and formulation problems.
He is a past recipient of the Presidential Distinguished Service Award from
the Society of Nuclear Medicine (1997) and the Distinguished Achievement
Award in Nuclear Pharmacy Practice from the APhA (1997). He is a member of
numerous professional organizations, and is a Fellow of the APhA and the
American Society of Hospital Pharmacists.
The APhA is the first established and largest professional association of
pharmacists in the United States. Its 50,000 members include practicing pharmacists,
pharmaceutical scientists, pharmacy students, pharmacy technicians and others
interested in advancing the profession. The association is a leader in providing
professional information and education for pharmacists and an advocate for
improved health through the provision of comprehensive pharmaceutical care.