Daniel A. Hussar, Ph.D., of Newtown Square, PA, is the recipient of the 2017 Remington Honor Medal, the profession's highest honor awarded by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). Dr. Hussar was selected in recognition of his numerous contributions to, and impact on, the pharmacy profession and patient care.
For 51 years as an educator at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences, Dr. Hussar has committed to keeping the pharmacy profession on point with the changing health care needs of America through his personal and professional activism. As one colleague noted, “Dr. Hussar has become the conscience of the profession and the authoritative source on new medications to pharmacists, physicians, and nurses. He has consistently sought to raise the profile of the pharmacy profession and has accomplished this by challenging us to find better ways to contribute to American health care.”
Known for his humanity, being a great teacher, his strength of character, his exceptional personal and professional reputation, and his willingness to address controversial issues facing the profession, Dr. Hussar has shaped and molded over 10,000 student pharmacists as a professor.
Dr. Hussar also has publications and presentations that overwhelm in number, quality, and diversity. His peers refer to his published work as “timely, fearless, and provocative” on current professional issues facing pharmacists.
The Remington Honor Medal, named for eminent community pharmacist, manufacturer, and educator Joseph P. Remington, was established in 1918 to recognize distinguished service on behalf of American pharmacy during the preceding years, culminating in the past year or during a long period of outstanding activity or fruitful achievement. Dr. Hussar will be officially recognized during the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco, CA, March 24-27, 2017. APhA’s Awards and Honors Program is the most comprehensive recognition program in the profession of pharmacy.
Dr. Hussar’s peers regard him as the embodiment of all that the Remington Honor Medal stands for as he consistently advocates for the profession while also challenging pharmacists to always keep the patient at the forefront of their work. As one of his nominators noted, “Dr. Hussar is a paragon of professionalism in pharmacy. He has impacted the professional thinking and attitudes of practitioners in all corners of the nation as well as abroad through his thoughtful and thought provoking editorials and speeches.”
Dr. Hussar has served in a number of capacities within pharmacy and community organizations, including as APhA Honorary President from 2012-13, a member of the APhA Board of Trustees from 1977-79, a member of the APhA House of Delegates since 1971, a member of the World Vision United States Board of Directors from 1999-2007, a member of the Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International Board of Directors from 2005-2014, president of the Drug Information Association from 1977-1978, president of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association from 1975-1976, and various roles on the Delaware County Christian School’s Board of Trustees, including six years as president.
In addition to spending his entire career at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences, this is also where Dr. Hussar completed his education. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy in 1962 and his Master of Science degree in 1964. In 1967, Dr. Hussar concluded his formal education with his Ph.D.
During his career, Dr. Hussar's areas of teaching responsibility focused around therapeutics topics, new drugs, nonprescription drug therapy, patient safety, drug interactions, patient adherence, smoking cessation, issues in pharmacy practice, and pharmacy ethics.
Dr. Hussar and his wife Suzanne, also a pharmacist, have been married for 49 years. They have been blessed with three sons and their wives (Eric and Terra, Christopher and Carmen, Timothy and Cristina) and nine grandchildren.