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SCCP to Host Speaker: Dr. William Evans, former President/CEO of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

February 12, 2015

We are thrilled to announce that the Drake Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP) is sponsoring a visit on Thursday, March 12th from Dr. William Evans, pharmacist and recently-retired president/CEO of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in collaboration with Phi Delta Chi.

Dr. Evans was one of the first clinical pharmacy residents at St. Jude, and is among the first of the major pioneers in pharmacogenomics; he continues to head one of the research laboratories in St. Jude’s Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, a role he maintained throughout his 10 years as president/CEO. Dr. Evans has been extremely successful in his cancer research efforts—he has earned the prestigious MERIT Award from the National Cancer Institute for his prolific studies in cancer pharmacogenomics; was honored by the American Society of Clinical Oncology as a leading contributor to progress in cancer treatment; and received the 2012 Remington Medal, the highest honor awarded by APhA, among numerous other accolades.

Additionally, in a study of articles published between 1981 and 2003 indexed in the Web of Science, Dr. Evans was among the top 1% of cited authors in the world. To see a listing of the Evans Lab publications indexed in PubMed, click here. To see more information about Dr. Evans and his research interests, click here.

Dr. Evans will be presenting two different lectures on March 12th: the first at 1:30pm in Olin 101 will be a technically-focused research seminar, while the second at 4:30pm in HI-104 will be a more general lecture on pharmacists’ role in oncology and pharmacogenomics. This is a rare opportunity to hear from and interact with one of the most successful and respected clinical pharmacists in the world—the advanced role pharmacists play in the diverse array of patient care services at St. Jude (which can be explored further here) is largely a result of Dr. Evans’s work over the past few decades, and has served as a model for institutions around the country. I highly recommend that you make every effort to attend one or both lectures—both are free and open to anyone who wishes to attend.

If you have any questions about any aspect of Dr. Evans’s visit, please feel free to contact Michael Buege, President, Student College of Clinical Pharmacy. SCCP and Phi Delta Chi are very proud to facilitate this opportunity for the College and its constituents, and we hope that you share our enthusiasm and excitement!