PLS McCarty Lecture

photo of Zilz and Anderson
Visionary leaders in the pharmacy profession David A. Zilz, left, and Roger W. Anderson will give their perspectives on the future of pharmacy practice at the PLS McCarty Leadership Lecture on March 25.

2105 PLS McCarty Lecture
4-5:30 p.m. Wed., March 25
Agnes Arnold Auditorium 1

Leadership Debate: The Future of Pharmacy Practice with Roger W. Anderson, DrPH, M.S., R.Ph., FASHP, and David A. Zilz, M.S., R.Ph., FASHP

About the Speakers 

Roger W. Anderson, DrPH, M.S., R.Ph., FASHP, is currently retired, provides Health-System Pharmacy consulting, and resides in The Woodlands, TX. He serves on the College of Pharmacy advisory boards of the University of Houston, The Ohio State University, and Ferris State University. Dr. Anderson recently held the position of Chief Pharmacy Officer with US Oncology (now McKesson Specialty Health) from 2009 to 2011. From 2004 to 2008, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Pharmacist with Medco Health Solutions. For 26 years, he was Vice President and Head of the Division of Pharmacy at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston (from 1978 to 2004).

Dr. Anderson received his undergraduate pharmacy degree from Ferris State University (Big Rapids, Michigan) in 1964. He obtained a M.S. in Hospital Pharmacy from The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio) in 1968, and completed an accredited Residency in Hospital Pharmacy at Grant Hospital (Columbus, Ohio) in 1967. He earned a Doctorate in Public Health from The University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston in 1997. Dr. Anderson served as Assistant Director of Pharmacy at The Ohio State University Hospitals (1967-69), Director of Pharmacy and Central Supply at Grant Hospital (1969-73), and Vice President for Operations at Pharmacy Systems, Inc. (Columbus, Ohio) before assuming the position at MD Anderson in 1978.

Dr. Anderson has been active with professional organizations throughout his career, including serving as president of the Central Ohio Society of Hospital Pharmacists (1970), president of the Ohio Society of Hospital Pharmacists (1973), member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists (1983-86), and president of the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists (1987). He was appointed member to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy in 1999 and served through 2006, during which time he also served as board president (2002). Dr. Anderson also completed a multi-year term on the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties. He currently serves on the Board of The Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation representing ASHP. 

Dr. Anderson has received distinguished alumnus awards from both Ferris State University and The Ohio State University (The Jack Beal Award). In 1988, he received the Clifton J. Latiolais Award from The Ohio State University, and in 1992, he received the Harvey A.K. Whitney Award. He also has received the Distinguished Service Award and the Meritorious Service Award from UHCOP. 

Dr. Anderson has authored over 60 publications in the field of health-system pharmacy. His research interests include the safe handling of antineoplastic agents, drug delivery technology, drug use management, medication safety, and outcomes research.

David A. Zilz, R.Ph., M.S., FASHP, is Senior Consultant, Corporate Pharmacy Programs UW Health Systems and Hospital & Clinics, and Clinical Professor Emeritus of the UW School of Pharmacy–Madison, Wisconsin, as well as maintaining an active independent consulting practice.

His professional career at UW Hospital and Clinics was devoted to identifying and implementing innovative contemporary pharmacy practices services, training of pharmacy residents, and developing new hospital services. In addition to serving as its Director of Pharmacy Services for more than two decades, Mr. Zilz was involved in a variety of other administrative responsibilities (such as Central Services, etc.) and was instrumental in establishing a number of key hospital programs including: home care and infusion services, and the Office of Clinical Research for the UW Medical School and Center for Health Sciences.

His organization and association leadership roles have included serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Apexus-340B; two three-year terms as Treasurer of ASHP; chair of the Wisconsin Pharmacy Forum (triad of PSW, UW School of Pharmacy, and State Examining Board); and chair of Board of Visitors of UW School of Pharmacy. He is the Past President of ASHP, ASHP Research and Education Foundation, and WSHP.
Mr. Zilz is the recipient of the ASHP Harvey H.K. Whitney Lecture Award; ASHP Award for Distinguished Leadership in Health-System Pharmacy Practice; ASHP Honorary Member; ASHP R&E-named fund (David A Zilz Leaders of the Future Fund); John Webb Visiting Lecture Award; Donald C. Brodie Pan Pacific Award; John McKesson Inaugural Fellow; named twice as the WSHP Pharmacist of the Year; and 2013 recipient of Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin Distinguished Service Award.

With an extensive list of publications related to pharmacy, hospital administrative and other health-related topics, Mr. Zilz continues to lecture on a range of issues and trends relating to pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry as well as consult for governmental and related agencies, hospitals and integrated health networks, large and small companies, pharmacy societies/associations and colleges of pharmacy.

With a primary focus is on strategic planning, forecasting likely future scenarios and directions in healthcare provision, and operational efficiency related to pharmacy services, Mr. Zilz has expertise in financial management, clinical and distribution logistics assessments, organizational and operational improvement and residency training. His pharmacy training includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy and Residency Training at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, as well as advanced certificate training in “Health Care Finance” from the UW Health Care Administration Program.

About the Lecture Series

The shouts of “Carpe Diem” emanating from James T. McCarty has encouraged his students to strive to live for the day – to persevere through their time spent at the college for benefit of the patients they will serve. In fact, many students may remember how he emphasized the importance of treating all patients as equals.

Throughout the curriculum, faculty and students used McCarty as a model of leadership within the profession by emulating his ideals and teachings. For this reason, the students of Phi Lamda Sigma, the national pharmacy leadership honor society, are proud to have named the Leadership Lecture Series after such an influential individual. The annual lecture is co-sponsored by UH College of Pharmacy.

About James T. McCarty

James T. McCarty is a retired professor and alumnus of UH College of Pharmacy. Having spent a lifetime with the university, from graduation to retirement, McCarty has built a legacy of professionalism in the classroom, in pharmacy practice, and behind the podium. McCarty has many years of varied pharmacy experience, including hospital, manufacturing and community.

His professional affiliations include Rho Chi National Honor Society, American Mensa and Phi Lambda Sigma, the national pharmacy leadership society where he served as president in 1992. McCarty has received many honors,including the 1997 Harris County Pharmacist of the Year, the 1991 UH College of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumni Award, the 1992 Texas Pharmacist Association Pharmacist of the Year Award and the 1992 Albert Rosica, Jr. Memorial Award by the American College of Apothecaries “for recognition of outstanding contribution to pharmacy education.”

About Phi Lambda Sigma


Scholz meets with UH members of the Upsilon chapter of Phi Lambda Sigma.

The purpose of Phi Lambda Sigma, also known as the national Pharmacy Leadership Society, is to promote the development of leadership qualities, especially among pharmacy students. By peer recognition, the Society encourages participation in all pharmacy activities. Since membership crosses fraternal and organizational lines,
the Society does not compete with other pharmacy organizations.

Phi Lambda Sigma honors leadership. Members are selected by peer recognition. No greater honor can be bestowed upon an individual than to be recognized as a leader by one’s peers. Such recognition instills and enhances self-confidence, encourages the less active student to a more active role and promotes greater effort toward the advancement of pharmacy.

Founded in 1965, Phi Lambda Sigma has expanded to more than 90 schools and colleges of pharmacy in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The UH Upsilon Chapter was established in 1988.

Past Lecturers

The Honorable Charles L. "Chuck" Hopson, 2014
No lecture in 2013
Todd W. Canada, 2012
Lisa Scholz, 2011
Dennis B. Worthen, 2010
Joesph T. DiPiro, 2009
Lloyd Y. Young, 2008
Rhea Blanken, 2007