2014 Recipient, Charles Leiter (center)
This award recognizes a CPhA member pharmacist that is directly involved in a project or practice of pharmacy that has either significantly improved patient care, added to the scope of pharmacy practice, created a new type of pharmacy specialty, introduced a concept that has altered the view of the pharmacist, or invented a new chemical composition, method of delivery, raw material or machinery related to the field of pharmacy.


  • Completed nomination form
  • A letter from the nominator to address the criteria and provide specific examples of how the candidate has made significant, influential and sustained contributions to the pharmacy practice in California.
  • Current full curriculum vitae or detailed resume of the nominee.
  • Up to 4 letters of recommendation
  • All letters of support must be signed by the author. Emailed letters must contain an electronic signature.
Submit a Nomination for the Innovative Pharmacist of the Year Award

Award Submission:
Deadline for CPhA to collect nominations is December 31 annually. All awards are submitted for review either electronically or via U.S. Postal Service. Please fill out the online nomination form and send all supporting documentation via email to ktacher@cpha.com. If submitting by mail, please download the nomination form and send along with all supporting documentation to:

CPhA Awards Committee
Attn: Awards Manager
4030 Lennane Drive
Sacramento, CA 95834

Selection Process:
The CPhA Awards Committee is responsible for selecting all qualified award winners, which is based upon careful review of all qualified applicants. Upon receipt of a nomination package, CPhA staff reviews the package for completeness and then forwards on to the CPhA Awards Committee. If the nomination package is incomplete, a CPhA staff member will follow up with the nominator to obtain the missing information.

Innovative Pharmacist Past Recipients

 2014  Charles Leiter    
 2012  Kenneth Scott Guess  2005  Robert Nickell
 2011   Karl Hess  2004  Don Cottman
 2010  Marilyn Stebbins   2003
 James Gates
 2009  Dana Nelson  2001
 Roger Klotz
 2008  William Wills  1997
 Charles Bonner
 2007  John Cronin  1996
 John Hambright
 2007  Robert Graul  1994
 Jim Avedikian