Each year MPhA asks our community to nominate their friends, colleagues, and mentors for our Annual Awards Program. We have an amazing group of recipients receiving our awards this year. Unfortunately, we cannot host our Annual Awards & Installation Banquet, but we will be hosting a fun virtual Awards & Installation Banquet on Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00 pm via ZOOM. Sign up for access to the event to join your pharmacy friends for a Celebration of Pharmacy in Massachusetts! 

Todd Brown, MHP, RPh
Bowl Of Hygeia
Todd Brown wears many hats in the Pharmacy community in Massachusetts. A member of the faculty at 

Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences, School of Pharmacy since the 1990s, Todd currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Todd has been the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Independent Pharmacists Association (MIPA) since 1997, having served on their Board since 1987. The strong partnership between the MPhA and MIPA would not be possible without Todd's commitment to the organizations and its mission. In 2016, Todd was appointed by Governor Baker to the Massachusetts Special Commission for Safe and Effective Pain Treatment and Prescribing Practices.  When you think of community pharmacy in Massachusetts, it is hard not to think of Todd Brown as the person to reach out to.  


Christine Do, PharmD
Upsher-Smith Excellence in Innovation
As a clinical pharmacist in the area of global health, Dr. Do spoke to countless healthcare providers to find ways to contribute. This led her to Dr. Eric Krakauer, a palliative care physician and Global Health leader at MGH. Under Eric’s leadership, Christine teamed up with another MGH clinical pharmacist, Thuyhong Thuy Do, and embarked on a one-week visit to Vietnam in 2019 with the goal of developing the first Pharmacy Palliative Care Curriculum at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy (UMP) in Ho Chi Minh City.  The first Palliative Care Continuing Education Symposium provided a free virtual platform to physicians, nurses, and pharmacists throughout Vietnam and consisted of four 3-hour sessions throughout the month of October 2020. The lectures were streamed live and recorded for viewers including those across the globe. Within days of airing, each session drew over 6500 views and continues to gain momentum. 

Jacqueline Burke, PharmD, 
Pharmacists Mutual Distinguished Young Pharmacist

Dr. Burke has worked at Atrius Health since 2013 and has elevated herself professionally in a short time to become the Senior Clinical Pharmacist of Clinic Services by displaying her passion and dedication for CDTM and Atrius Health Clinical Pharmacy Clinics. She has always been a strong advocate for CDTM and growing our clinics, and looks for innovative ways to each CDTM-credentialed clinical pharmacist to expand this role in their own practice. She also leads the analysis of clinic utilization and outcome data, and works individually with specific clinical pharmacists to optimize their own delivery of quality care.

Jackie has also been heavily involved in the New England Institute of Ambulatory Care Pharmacists (NEIAP) since 2016. At NEIAP, she has served as a Communication Chair, Marketing Coordinator, and is currently the Vice President/President-Elect where she has also attended in-person state legislative meetings to support and speak up on behalf of past and current bills to attain provider status for pharmacists in Massachusetts. 


 

Karen Horbowicz, PharmD
Nathan Goldberg Award
Dr. Horbowicz has worked at Inman Pharmacy in Cambridge since 2004 beginning as a Pharmacy Intern and now as the Manager of Clinical Pharmacy Services. Karen has been a leader of the Association since joining the Board of Directors in 2012. She served as President of the Association from 2015-2016. In 2016 she lead the Operation Prevention Committee, a passion that resulted from her own experience being held at gunpoint as a pharmacist in 2012. Through Operation Prevention, Karen and the Committee created a toolkit for pharmacists to use when dispending controlled substances. Our Operation Prevention resources can be found at Operation Prevention.
 

Julie Lanza, CPhT
Pharmacy Technician of the Year

Julie Lanza has been a Pharmacy Technician since 1999, working at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center since that time (nearly 22 years). She has held many positions at BIDMC, catapulting herself to her present position as Pharmacy Technician Manager.  She also holds an Associate of Art Degree from North Shore Community College (2000) and a BS in Biology from Quincy College (2006).

As the current Pharmacy Technician Board seat to the Board of Registration in Pharmacy, not only has she been an advocate for technicians but for pharmacy practice. She never shies away from voicing her opinion and using her sterile compounding knowledge in discussions with her pharmacy colleagues.  Julie’s impressive qualities earned the appointment of Secretary on her first year as a Board member and will be the first Pharmacy Technician appointed as President for the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy in 2021. Julie’s passion and commitment to pharmacy and public safety are unwavering. 



Shama Patel, PharmD
Pharmacy Industry Award

Dr. Patel is presently a medical information and review manager at Takeda and an accomplished pharmacist with extensive medical knowledge and outstanding patient care. She continues to impress her colleagues in pharmacy and the medical industry as a whole with her highly motivated, goal-oriented practice. Through her work, she has illustrated outstanding dedication to the improvement of healthcare for all of her patients while also being a great asset to her peers.  Dr. Patel’s commitment to excellence comes across in every interaction with her colleagues and patients. This commitment is highlighted in a myriad of ways, from her interactions within her local community to persistent self-education on evidence-based literature. Dr. Patel demonstrates take charge capabilities while also maintaining her inquisitive nature, demonstrating a deeper understanding of the complexities of medical treatments.