James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Distinguished Alumni awards are the highest honor bestowed upon graduates from the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. Do you know an exemplary alumnus from the University Of Cincinnati Winkle College Of Pharmacy? If you do, we would like you to provide an opportunity to help us honor their achievement in pharmacy with a distinguished alumni award.

The Arthur C. Glasser Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes an alumnus of the College of Pharmacy who has contributed time and expertise to the college and its degree programs in pharmacy or pharmaceutical sciences to enhance student learning, training or research.

The Robert J. DeSalvo Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes an alumnus of the College of Pharmacy who has contributed to the profession of pharmacy or pharmaceutical sciences at the national or international level.

The G.O.L.D (Graduate of The Last Decade) Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes a graduate from the College of Pharmacy within the last ten years, who has made significant contributions to the college and/or the profession.

Past Distinguished Alumni Honorees


Read about the 2018 James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumni below.

Daniel J. Hein ’87
Arthur C. Glasser Distinguished Alumni Award

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Daniel Hein’s consistent generosity and enthusiasm create an enhanced experience for the faculty and students of the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. Upon graduating with his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from UC in 1987, Dan became a Pharmacy Manager with Walgreens, then worked as a District Pharmacy Supervisor from 1999-2015. He started his current role as a Walgreens Area Healthcare Supervisor in 2015. At UC, Dan serves on the Dean’s Board of Advisors, assisting with the Continuing Education Committee, Curriculum Committee and Diversity Council. He continues to pay it forward by volunteering for admissions interviews and teaching as an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy Practice. Dan has helped facilitate Walgreens’ annual support of diversity scholarships and has personally supported the White Coat Sponsorship Program since its inception, the Dean Joseph F. Kowalewski Pharmacy Practice Instructional Fund, the Wuest Pharmacy Practice Fund, and the Dr. Robert E. Lee Endowment Fund.
Robert J. Cluxton Jr., PharmD '70, '72
The Robert J. DeSalvo Distinguished Alumni Award

cluxton headshotFor nearly 50 years, the pharmacy profession has benefitted from the dedication of Dr. Robert Cluxton. After earning his doctorate from the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy in 1972, Bob started his career as a commissioned officer for the United Stated Public Health Service, then worked with the FDA and National Institutes of Health Clinical Center’s Department of Pharmacy. Since 1974, he has served as faculty for the college, moving through the ranks to Professor of Pharmacy Practice & Family Medicine before retiring in June 2018. His research on Health Outcomes, Geriatric Pharmacotherapy, Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias led to dozens of grants, publications and presentations contributing to the profession on national and international levels. Bob’s professional service has supported organizations such as the American Association of University Professors, Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and the State of Ohio’s Department of Human Services. Bob’s accolades include this year’s Alois Alzheimer Foundation Pursuit of Excellence Award and the Ohio Health Care Association Professional Achievement Award for Independent Practitioner of the Year in 2010.

Leah E. Fuller, PharmD ’09
Graduate of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D.) Award

fuller headshotDr. Leah Fuller represents an extraordinary example of servant leadership in her roles of Patient Care Manager with the Kroger Company and Residency Preceptor with an emphasis on community pharmacy. Her passion for education is displayed through her faculty position with the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, participation in the American Pharmacists Association Diabetes Faculty Training Program, and as a Certified Diabetes Educator. Leah is active with the American Diabetes Association’s Camp Korelitz and Tour de Cure, earning the title of Top Fundraiser for several years. She was honored in 2016 with the Gary Wilcox Champion to Stop Diabetes Award and was recently recognized by the American Health Council with the Best in Medicine Award. She is also involved as a volunteer with Crossroads Church, participating in local and international service projects.


Read about the 2017 James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumni below.

Christopher Droege, PharmD ’08
Graduate of the Last Decade Award

Dr. Chris Droege is regarded as an exemplary clinical pharmacist, currently serving as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Critical Care at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, and Adjunct Assistant Professor in UC’s James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. He has proven to be a dependable resource and dynamic teacher in the realm of critical care and emergency medicine, as demonstrated through appointments at several institutions, involvement in clinical guideline and protocol development, presentations for professional organizations and institutions, and training over a dozen Critical Care Pharmacy residents. As an innovative researcher, he has worked on more than 80 abstracts, grants, contracts and research projects with more than 20 publications and counting. He participates in local, state and national professional organizations, including a recent appointment as faculty for the ASHP Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacist (BCCCP) course. Dr. Droege has received a number of awards from UC Health, including Residency Preceptor of the Year in 2015 for the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Pharmacy Residency Program. He volunteers regularly in the local community and is a generous donor to various organizations including United Way, March of Dimes and the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy.

Margaret Eves, RPh ’80
Arthur C. Glasser Award

Dr. Margaret Eves is a champion for diversity and dedicated volunteer with the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. Upon graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from UC in 1980, Dr. Eves began her extensive career with Walgreens and is currently a staff pharmacist in Cincinnati. Her belief in strengthening the profession through diversity initiatives led her to establish the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy Council of Diversity, an organization of key leaders in the college and community. She enthusiastically volunteers with the college through admissions interviews and recently assisted with the white coat redesign project. Dr. Eves is active with the Veteran Apothecaries Association of Cincinnati and was a charter member of the Cincinnati Pharmaceutical Association. She has received awards for her professional achievement and community service, including the Walgreens Pharmacy of the Year award and West End Community Service Award. She also volunteers with the Hirsh Recreation Center and is a member of the Avondale Underground Theater.

Edward Zastawny, PharmD ’82
Robert J. DeSalvo Award

As a senior level executive with 34 years of pharmacy and clinical experience, Dr. Edward Zastawny is known for his dedication to building and managing successful teams. His powerful combination of executive abilities and clinical knowledge fostered success during his 20-year career in the United States Air Force (USAF) and a civilian career focusing on clinical and managed care programs. He is currently the Senior Medical Science Liaison with Santen, Inc. in New Braunfels, Tex., and formerly worked for Shire, IMS Government Solutions, and Novartis Pharmaceuticals after retiring from the military. Due to his impact on the USAF, its clinical excellence award was renamed the “USAF Edward Zastawny Clinical Pharmacist of the Year” award in his honor, and he is the only USAF pharmacist to be selected as Company Grade Pharmacist of the Year, Clinical Pharmacist of the Year, and Field Grade Pharmacist of the Year. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from UC and his PharmD from the University of Texas at Austin.


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