Health Outcomes Expert to Deliver
2009 Van Greene Lecture at Mercer

March 2, 2009

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ATLANTA – J. Lyle Bootman, Ph.D., dean of The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, will deliver the 2009 G. Van Greene Distinguished Lecture at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, at the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences on the Atlanta campus of Mercer University. Dr. Bootman will speak on “Value-Based Health Care: The Role of Pharmaceuticals for the 21st Century.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

A leading expert in health outcomes and pharmacoeconomics – the comparison of the value of various pharmaceutical therapies to one another, Dr. Bootman serves as an advisor to leading pharmaceutical companies, universities and health care organizations worldwide. Dr. Bootman has published nearly 250 manuscripts, monographs and textbooks, and his work has generated tremendous awareness of the problems related to medications.

“Dean Bootman is one of the leading thinkers in pharmacy today, and we are delighted to have him as this year’s Van Greene Distinguished Lecturer,” said Dr. H.W. “Ted” Matthews, vice president and dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. “His assessment of the direction that pharmacy will take in the 21st Century will be of great value to everyone who attends this lecture and epitomizes the College’s commitment to making this lecture series timely and impactful.”

Dr. Bootman’s studies on drug-related morbidity and mortality in the mid-1990s were a wake-up call to health care providers to better understand the high cost of medication-related errors and to appreciate the role of pharmacists in reducing harm by managing patients' pharmaceutical care.

In 2008, Dr. Bootman earned the Joseph P. Remington Honor Medal from the American Pharmacists Association, which is widely considered to be the highest honor given by the profession of pharmacy.

One of only eight pharmacists to be admitted to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science, Dr. Bootman was the first pharmacist to serve on its Board of Health Care Services. In 2006, he served as co-chairman of the Institute of Medicine Committee that produced the influential report “Preventing Medication Errors.”

Dr. Bootman has served as dean of The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy since 1987. He is a professor of pharmacy, medicine and public health and a fellow in several professional associations including the American Pharmacists Association, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and the American College of Apothecaries. He is the founder and executive director of the University of Arizona’s Center for Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomic Research, one of the first such centers in the world.

Dr. Bootman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Arizona and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Minnesota.  He completed a clinical pharmacy residency at the world-renowned National Institutes of Health.

About the G. Van Greene Lectureship:
The annual lectureship brings world-renowned health care leaders to Mercer to discuss contemporary topics in pharmacy and the health sciences. It is named in honor of Dr. G. Van Greene, who has generously supported Mercer and the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with his gifts and leadership. Dr. Greene has been associated with Mercer University since the 1950s, when he and his wife, Minta, established a scholarship for undergraduate students in honor of her father, Mercer graduate I.W. Jackson, class of 1901. In addition to two undergraduate scholarships for Mercer students, the Greenes established the G. Van and Minta J. Greene Endowed Scholarship for pharmacy students. He endowed the distinguished lectureship in 2005.

About the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences:
Mercer University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has a century-long tradition of excellence and a national reputation for producing outstanding leaders in the profession of pharmacy. In September 1981, the College became the first pharmacy school in the Southeast and fifth in the nation to offer the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) as its sole professional degree. The College also offers the Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences. In January 2008, the College accepted the inaugural class in its Physician Assistant program. 

About Mercer University:
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University has approximately 7,700 students; 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies; major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah; three regional academic centers across the state; a university press; two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center and the Medical Center of Central Georgia; educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta; an engineering research center in Warner Robins; a performing arts center in Macon; and a NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit www.mercer.edu.
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