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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 Excellence Award.

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.