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Brittany Jennings
November 29, 2020

Herb Patterson, Pharm.D.

This fall, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Herb Patterson, Pharm.D., received the honorable American College of Clinical Pharmacy (AACP) Cardiology Practice and Research Network (PRN) Lifetime Achievement Award.

The organization shared on social media, “Dr. Patterson is receiving this award as he embodies excellence in teaching, clinical service, mentorship, and service to the profession and ACCP/PRN.” The ACCP/PRN honored Patterson during their late October PRN business meeting.

“I was shocked and so honored. I truly never expected something like this,” Patterson said. “For my peers to recognize me in this way is very humbling. I have been fortunate in my career to work with many outstanding pharmacists and many of them are members of the Cardiology PRN. I consider ACCP to be my pharmacy ‘home’ so to be honored in this way is incredibly special.”

Patterson joined the UNC faculty in 1981. He holds a joint appointment at the School of Pharmacy in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics, and at UNC’s School of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology.

Throughout his career at Chapel Hill, Patterson’s research, teaching and clinical activities have been dedicated to optimizing the pharmacotherapy of patients with heart failure. He has served as an investigator on more than 100 heart failure clinical trials and has authored or co-authored over 120 publications. In his time at UNC, he has trained more than 20 fellows and graduate students.

Patterson said one of the greater accomplishments of his career include a three-decades-long partnership with UNC heart failure cardiologist, Dr. Kirk Adams. About the career-long partnership, Patterson said, “I would like to think that we have had an impact on showing how a multidisciplinary team can facilitate the clinical care and research of patients with heart failure.”

In addition to his research accomplishments and collaborations, Patterson is a Fellow in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, a member of the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Failure Society of America. He was the first pharmacist to be appointed to the Heart Failure Society of America Board of Directors and was the first pharmacist to be designated as a Fellow in the Heart Failure Society of America.

Patterson’s goals for the future – continue to lead the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics as interim chair as best he can.

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