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Fink Named American Pharmaceutical Association Fellow

Joe Fink, a professor in the UK College of Pharmacy, joined an elite group in early March. He was selected as one of 10 new fellows by the American Pharmaceutical Association's Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management Awards Committee. Fink was recognized at the association's 146th annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas.Photo of Joe Fink

"I was surprised and honored by this, particularly because it comes from my colleagues and peers," says Fink. "And as the son of a pharmacist who started working in the family pharmacy at age 11, this recognition by the national organization in pharmacy is particularly pleasing." Fink also serves as assistant vice president for Research and Graduate Studies at UK and director of the Advanced Science and Technology Commercialization Center.

Coming to UK in 1981 from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, he served as assistant dean of the UK College of Pharmacy from 1981 to 1988. Fink was the associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at UK from 1988 to 1996.

"I have always considered myself to be a pharmacist first and foremost," Fink says. His scholarly works include nearly 250 publications in the fields of law pertaining to pharmacy and pharmaceuticals, food and drug law, and health-care law. He is an editor of Pharmacy Law Digest, the most widely used pharmacy law text and reference in the United States.

"This recognition is for those who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the field," says Thomas Foster, also a professor in UK's College of Pharmacy.

"It is particularly gratifying that, as I understand it, the recognition is primarily based on the research I've done over my career," Fink adds.