2015 Recipient, Marcus Ferrone (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 Friday, January 15, 2016. 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

 2015  Marcus Ferrone  2007 Robert Graul
 2014  Charles Leiter  2005 Robert Nickell
 2012  Kenneth Scott Guess  2004 Don Cottman 
 2011   Karl Hess  2003 James Gates 
 2010  Marilyn Stebbins   2001
Roger Klotz
 2009  Dana Nelson  1997
Charles Bonner
 2008  William Wills  1996
John Hambright 
 2007  John Cronin  1994
Jim Avedikian