Peter Harris Vlasses, of Glen Ellyn, Ill., is the recipient of the 2022 Remington Honor Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the American Pharmacists Association.
Vlasses has served in many roles throughout his accomplished career and is currently the executive director emeritus of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education following his 20-year term as the ACPE executive director. He was selected for this honor due to his extensive service to the profession as a leader who had a touch on many areas of pharmacy practice, especially pharmacy education, on a global level.
Before his time with ACPE, Vlasses started his career in hospital practice as a clinical pharmacy instructor before transitioning into various academic and clinical practice advancement positions. Vlasses is a BSc and PharmD graduate of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.
The Remington Honor Medal, named for eminent community pharmacist, manufacturer, and educator Joseph P. Remington, was established in 1918 to recognize distinguished service on behalf of American pharmacy during the preceding years, culminating in the past year or during a long period of outstanding activity or fruitful achievement.
Vlasses will be officially recognized during the APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition in San Antonio from March 18 to 21, 2022.
“No one has been more influential in the transformation of our pharmacy educational outcomes in this country and abroad. He recognized the greater role that pharmacists could play in health care delivery and — more importantly — envisioned and implemented the strategies and changes needed to make this happen,” said one of his nominators.
Vlasses has championed interprofessional education and continuing education for pharmacists.
As a testament to his prosperous career, there are over 100 research papers with Vlasses listed as an author, and he has rightfully earned recognition through approximately 30 awards and honors.
Included in his accolades are the inaugural Esteemed Collaborator Award from the National Association of Board of Pharmacy, Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Mercer University, Board of Directors Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, and the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Pioneer Award. Vlasses previously served in professor roles for both colleges of pharmacy and colleges of medicine.