Fred M. Eckel Pharmacy Leadership Award


Fred M. Eckel

Fred M. Eckel, ScD(Hon), MS, RPh

The Fred M. Eckel award was established in honor of Fred Eckel's service to The University of North Carolina Medical Center's Pharmacy Residency Program.

History of the Award

The Fred M. Eckel Pharmacy Leadership Award was established in 2011 to be an honor jointly bestowed on an individual by the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and UNC Hospitals. The award is given in honor of Fred M. Eckel, whose forethought and vision for the future of pharmacy practice led to the creation of the UNC Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program in 1967. Since that time, Fred has been internationally recognized for his lifelong pursuit of the advancement of the pharmacy profession. His visionary leadership and commitment to pharmacy practice resulted in the creation of what is now one of the largest pharmacy residency programs in the United States. The award has been bestowed annually since its establishment in 2011.

Fred M. Eckel joined the Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 1966 and established the residency program the following year at UNC Hospitals. Since its inception, the UNC Hospitals Pharmacy Residency Program has trained more than 300 residents who are practicing pharmacy around the world and across all practice settings.  

Award Criteria

The Fred M. Eckel Pharmacy Leadership Award was established to honor an individual associated with the University of North Carolina Hospitals and Clinics post-graduate pharmacy training programs who has demonstrated sustained professional contributions to pharmacy practice throughout his or her career.

Selection Process

Each year, Fred Eckel and the team of pharmacy leaders at the University of North Carolina Hospitals and Clinics propose a candidate for the award that they believe represents the spirit of the award and a strong commitment to pharmacy residency training. Past recipients of the award are then asked to endorse the selected candidate, signifying the solidarity and community shared among past recipients.


Awardees are invited to receive the award and provide a keynote presentation on pharmacy practice and leadership at the annual end-of-year UNC Pharmacy Residency Reception. 

Past Recipients

Fred M. Eckel

Fred M. Eckel, ScD(Hon), MS, RPh - 2011

Fred Eckel is a faculty member Emeritus in the Division of Pharmacy Practice and Experiential Education at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. He joined the School in 1966 and established the UNC pharmacy residency program at UNC Hospital the following year. Since its establishment, the residency program has trained more than 400 residents, who have been practicing pharmacy around the world in settings such as acute care, ambulatory care, academia, and administration.

Eckel graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1961 and completed his MS in Hospital Pharmacy and residency at The Ohio State University in 1963. He has spoken on pharmacy topics in all fifty states and on five continents. He has been recognized for his leadership through numerous offices and awards in pharmacy organizations at the state and national level including ASHP President and the Harvey A.K. Whitney Award. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Times, and Executive Director Emeritus of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists, and President of Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International.

Alison Apple

Alison Apple, DPh, MS - 2012

Alison is the system director of pharmacy at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and Director of pharmacy at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. She holds a faculty position as associate professor at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in both the PharmD program as well as the graduate program in Health Outcomes and Policy Research She also holds assistant professor appointments at both the University of Mississippi College of Pharmacy and Union University College of Pharmacy.

Alison obtained a BS in pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island and in 1984 an MS in pharmacy here at the University of North Carolina, School of Pharmacy, where she also completed her residency program at UNC Hospitals.

Alison has been the recipient of many grants and has numerous publications and presentations.Her list of professional engagements with State, National, and International organizations is impressive. Most recently she has served in the capacity of Vice-Chair, Chair, and past chair on the ASHP Council on Credentialing. In 2006 she was the recipient of the Tennessee Pharmacist Association Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award.

Pamela Joyner

Pamela U. Joyner, EdD, MS Pharm, FASHP - 2013

Pamela U. Joyner is Executive Associate Dean for Professional Education and Clinical Professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She provides leadership for all professional initiatives including accreditation, the curriculum, experiential education, continuing education, the academy, and the center for innovation in pharmacy simulation. Prior to her appointment as executive associate dean for professional education, Joyner served as the associate dean for professional education from 1998-2010.
Joyner received both a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and a Master of Science in Hospital Pharmacy from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She also earned a Doctor of Education degree from NC State University in Raleigh. For much of her early career, she practiced at the Wake Area Health Education Center at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh, spending more than fifteen years there first as coordinator and then as director of pharmacy education. In February 1996, she joined the School as the director of external professional programs and implemented the School's off-campus External Doctor of Pharmacy Program.
Joyner has been actively involved in state and national professional organizations including the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American Pharmacists Association, and the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists. She was recognized as a fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists in 1991 and was selected to participate in the 2007–2008 AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program.

Betty Dennis, RPh - 2014

In 1975, Dr. Dennis began her career with UNC Healthcare as a faculty member at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and Clinical Specialist in Medicine at UNC Hospitals. Since 2011, she has served as Coordinator of the UNCH Medication Assistance Program.

Betty received her Bachelors, Masters and Doctor of Pharmacy Degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also completed a two-year ASHP Residency at NC Memorial Hospital with a focus in Adult Medicine. After completing her residency in 1974, she was offered a 1 year post graduate position in clinical research & pharmacokinetics with Dr. Tom Foster at the University of Kentucky. She also served during that year as Supervisor of Medicine Services at the AB Chandler Medical Center in Lexington.

Betty’s interests have focused on advancing collaborative practice, promoting medication safety, and advocating for pharmacy & public health initiatives to improve access to health care. Through her leadership, our Ambulatory Care Residency was created in 1995 and the first UNC Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner clinic was established with Internal Medicine in 2001.

During her 39 year career at UNC, Betty has served in numerous roles including Director of Continuing Education and Associate Director of Pharmacy AHEC with the UNC School of Pharmacy; Director of Pharmacy of the UNC Student Health Services; Senior Clinical Specialist in Ambulatory Care; and Certified Diabetes Educator and Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner in the UNCH Internal Medicine Clinic. She has served as a Preceptor for students and residents throughout her career.

Dr. Dennis has been elected to state and national positions of leadership and has served as Chair of numerous committees. In 1991 she was the first (and only) woman elected as President of the NC Pharmaceutical Association which had been established for over 100 years. She was the 2nd woman elected to the NC Board of Pharmacy for which she has served as President. She is a current member and past Chair of the Investigational Review Board for Family Health International and was a founding member of the NC Cancer Pain Coalition that advocated for enhanced interdisciplinary education to improve therapeutic outcomes with pain management.

Betty has been recognized for her leadership in clinical practice and education with awards including ASHP Fellowship, NCAP Health-System Clinical Pharmacist of the Year Award, Bowl of Hygeia Community Service Award, UNC-CH Pharmacy Alumni Award for Distinguished Service, and Best Instructor Awards.

Yousif Asiri

Yousif Asiri, MS, PhD - 2015

Dr. Yousif Abdu Asiri is a 1991 graduate of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and UNC Hospitals Residency program. He is currently serving in the capacity of Vice - Rector for Planning and Development at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where he is also a Professor of Clinical Pharmacy. Dr. Asiri has also previously served as Dean for the College of Pharmacy at King Saud University.
It was at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Eshelman School of Pharmacy and The University of North Carolina Hospitals where he earned his Master of Science Degree in Hospital Pharmacy and completed a Residency in Hospital Pharmacy. After UNC, he went on to earn his Ph.D. in Clinical Pharmacy at the University of the Pacific, School of Pharmacy at Stockton, California.
Dr. Asiri describes himself as being a pharmacist by choice, commitment and concern. He has been an active member numerous committees at King Saud University within their College of Pharmacy, within the University, and outside of the University. He is also involved in several health related governmental organizations. Dr. Asiri is an editor for several pharmaceutical and medical journals nationally and internationally. He is a frequent speaker at pharmacy meetings and is considered a pharmacy futurist.

Past Recipients


Stephen Eckel


Steve Caiola


Craig Kirkwood


Yousef Asiri

Yousif Asiri


Betty Dennis


Pamela U. Joyner


Alison Apple


Fred M. Eckel