The Pharmacy Leadership and Education Institute named Lucas A. Berenbrok, associate professor in Pitt’s School of Pharmacy, the 2023 recipient of the Albert B. Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award.
The award recognizes a pharmacist fewer than 10 years past graduation for demonstrating exemplary leadership qualities indicative of someone likely to emerge as a major leader in pharmacy. Berenbrok, who received his master’s degree and Doctor of Pharmacy from Pitt, was recognized for his leadership in developing over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid education for pharmacists and his innovative research of the accessibility of community pharmacists.
Berenbrok was also honored for establishing a Comprehensive Medication Management Benefit that offers medication management, travel health, tobacco cessation, diabetes prevention and health education to nearly 14,000 employees of the University. He co-led the creation of an outpatient pharmacogenomics service at UPMC and is nationally recognized as an expert in the field, which studies how genetics affect drug response.
In conjunction with accepting the award, each recipient delivers a scholarly lecture on issues such as pharmacy as a profession, leadership or future trends in pharmacy practice or education. Berenbrok will receive his award and deliver his address during the APhA Annual Meeting in Phoenix in March.