ASHP Presents Board of Directors Award of Honor to Christine K. Cassel, M.D.


Press Release

ASHP has bestowed it Board of Directors Award of Honor on Christine K. Cassel, M.D., for her national leadership to improve patient care. Dr. Cassel accepted her award during the opening session of ASHP'S 50th Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition in New Orleans.

Established in 1966, the ASHP Board of Directors Award of Honor recognizes individuals outside the pharmacy discipline who have made extraordinary national or worldwide contributions to healthcare.

As President and CEO of the National Quality Forum in Washington, D.C., Dr. Cassel is a leading expert in geriatric medicine, medical ethics, and healthcare quality. As a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), she served on the committees that wrote a number of influential national healthcare reports, including “To Err is Human” and “Crossing the Quality Chasm.”

“Dr. Cassel’s national leadership on issues of healthcare quality, treatment of elderly patients, and medical ethics has profoundly influenced our national conversation on these vital public health issues,” said ASHP CEO Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., Sc.D. (Hon.), FASHP. “She is more than deserving of this special award for her contributions to patient care in the U.S. and around the world.”

One of 20 scientists chosen by President Obama to serve on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), Dr. Cassel is the co-chair and physician leader of PCAST working groups that have made recommendations relating to health information technology, scientific innovation in drug development, healthcare systems engineering, and technology for an aging population.

Dr. Cassel served as chairperson for the IOM committees that developed reports on end-of-life care and public health and serves on the institute’s Comparative Effective Research Committee. She also has served on the advisory committee to the director of the National Institutes of Health and as president of the American Federation for Aging Research.

In 1995, Dr. Cassel was the first woman to serve as chair of ABIM. In 1996, she was the first woman elected president of the American College of Physicians. In 2013, 2014, and 2015, Modern Healthcare recognized Dr. Cassel among the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare. She has appeared on the publication’s list of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives since 2009. The recipient of numerous international awards and honorary degrees, she is an honorary fellow of the Royal Colleges of Medicine of the United Kingdom and Canada as well as the European Federation of Internal Medicine, and she was named a Master of the American College of Physicians.

A prolific scholar, Dr. Cassel is the author or coauthor of 14 books and more than 200 published articles on geriatric medicine, aging, bioethics, and health policy. Her most recent book is “Medicare Matters: What Geriatric Medicine Can Teach American Health Care.”

About ASHP

ASHP represents pharmacists who serve as patient care providers in acute and ambulatory settings. The organization’s more than 40,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. For over 70 years, ASHP has been at the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists advance healthcare, visit ASHP’s website,, or its consumer website,

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