College of Pharmacy Honors 2017 Distinguished Alumni during Homecoming Weekend

The James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy annually presents three Distinguished Alumni awards, the highest alumni honors offered by the college. As part of UC Homecoming Weekend, the 2017 honorees visited the college on Oct. 20 to receive their awards, speak with students about their career pathways, and offer insights into the industry. Dean Neil MacKinnon presented the awards to each alumnus, who offered words of wisdom and gratitude. Immediately following the awards presentation, the alumni enjoyed a celebratory reception with guests, faculty and fellow alumni.

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, PharmD ’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.

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.


Past Distinguished Alumni Honorees



Bri Coggins, A&S '10
Associate Director of Alumni Relations,
James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy & College of Allied Health Sciences

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