Stephen Eckel, Pharm.D., M.H.A.
Stephen Eckel, Pharm.D., M.H.A.

Stephen Eckel, Pharm.D., M.H.A., has been awarded the 2015 NCAP Leadership Award and 2015 McKesson Leadership Award by the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists.

Eckel is a clinical associate professor and the vice chair of graduate and postgraduate education in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and is the associate director of pharmacy at UNC Hospitals. This past year, he served as the president-elect for NCAP and will be making the transition to president January 1.

The annual awards are given to the president-elect for their service and leadership in NCAP and to the North Carolina pharmacy community.

“It’s exciting for me that the incoming president-elect is also a faculty member of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, so I think it demonstrates our school’s commitment to the practice of pharmacy in North Carolina because we have individuals who have day-to-day activities with the association,” Eckel said.

Eckel received his Bachelor of Science in pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed a pharmacy practice residency at Duke University Medical Center and joined UNC Hospitals as a clinical pharmacist. He also holds a Master’s of Health-Care Administration from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist.

Eckel spearheaded the creation UNC Pharmacy Grand Rounds with ASHP and launched ChemGLO, a company that makes chemical wipes that clean surfaces contaminated by chemotherapy drugs. He is the editor of the health-system edition of Pharmacy Times.

“I think the practice of pharmacy has tremendous opportunity with the changing of health care, and everyone recognizes that pharmacists are well positioned to make sure the the citizens of North Carolina are healthy,” he said “Our hope and goal as an association is to ensure that pharmacists are well-positioned to take care of their patients and utilize the education and training that they have.”

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