Dr. Stephan L. Foster (right) receives the Outstanding Career Achievement Award from the American Pharmacist Association.
Dr. Stephan L. Foster (right) received the Outstanding Career Achievement Award from the American Pharmacist Association for his work in the area of public health and prevention of disease through vaccination.
A retired Captain from the US Public Health Service, Dr. Foster has been a strong advocate for the pharmacist's role in public health. He serves as the APhA's liaison representative on the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Since 1998 he has worked with APhA's immunization team on updating the Pharmacy-based Immunization Certificate Training Program and has been a featured speaker and author in many of APhA's immunization education programs. Dr. Foster has personally trained hundreds of pharmacists as immunizers and through his work with student pharmacists has facilitated the vaccination of more than 10,000 Tennesseans annually. His collaboration within and outside of pharmacy has led to his appointment by the governor of Tennessee to chair a new committee on cervical cancer vaccination. The state also has used his knowledge and skills in the development and implementation of its pandemic preparedness plan. Dr. Foster is professor and vice-chair, community programs in the department of clinical pharmacy.