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Keith Campbell Part 1, Introduction and Background

In part 1 of this Exclusive Interview, Keith Campbell talks with Diabetes in Control Publisher Steve Freed during the ADA meeting in San Diego, California about his career and the many people impacted by his diabetes education.

Having been an instrumental change in the way pharmacists practice pharmacy, Professor Emeritus R. Keith Campbell, RPh, MBA, CDE, FASHP, FAPhA, FAADE, is the former Associate Dean and Distinguished Professor in Diabetes Care/Pharmacotherapy at the Washington State University College of Pharmacy in Pullman, Washington.


Transcript of this video segment:

Steve Freed: This is Steve Freed with Diabetes in Control. We are here at the American Diabetes Association 77th scientific session. I did not attend to all 77, but I know the person I am talking to go to man of them.

Keith Campbell: 54

Steve Freed: 54. It’s Keith Campbell. Maybe, Keith, if people don’t know who you are that are watching this, Keith is a pharmacist and a professor at the Washington State University. In fact, his Lifetime Achievement Award is going to be given to him this fall. They’re actually going to name a laboratory after him. I don’t know what it takes to get a laboratory named after you. I congratulate you.

Keith Campbell: Thank you so much, Steve! Did you say “laboratory” or “lavatory,” because they made us put a little plaque on the bathroom stalls that says, “Think of Keith.” (laughter)

Steve Freed: They should have named a building after you. So maybe you can start off by telling us a little bit about yourself, and what you do – or what you did – with your life.

Keith Campbell: I am a distinguished professor emeritus in diabetes care and pharmacotherapy. I was a professor for 47 years. I had diabetes 68 years and I’ve been on the insulin pump for 38 years, 4 months, 9 days and 6 hours. Almost to the minute. I got involved very early with the physician that had newly come to the Spokane area and he believed in tight control and in diabetes education, and letting the patient take charge of their diabetes. And he was one of the few in the country at that time that did that. So, I ended up having a really good mentor. Years later, when he died, they asked me to do the eulogy for him. We became close friends and he got me involved with the ADA. Early on I was involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. And I was one of the founding members of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. I’ve done a couple of terms on the board of the American Diabetes Association. I did a lot of continuing education programs, lots of lectures, and written a few articles here and there, and a book with the ADA called Medication for the Treatment of Diabetes. So, it’s really been a fun life and I’m just really glad that I got diabetes. (laughter)

Steve Freed: They don’t give you a Life Achievement Award for nothing. I have to say that I got most of my knowledge from your CE programs. Every program I ever picked up when I was learning has your name on it and I said I got to meet this guy. When I got involved, there weren’t that many pharmacists either, going back 15-18 years. So, my question is how many medical professionals – nurses, pharmacists, dietitians – have you gotten in front of or through your CE programs? How many of those do you think you’ve affected? Can you put a number on it?

Keith Campbell: It is tough to come up with a total number. But one time I tried to figure that out and it’s easily over 40,000 total, but some of them were lectures. Two or three thousand people at a time and talking about the role of the pharmacist and how you get involved caring for people with chronic diseases.

Steve Freed: Well, if you included the people who read your CE programs that you helped educate, now we’re talking at least in the hundreds of thousands.

Keith Campbell: Well, there was one CE program that over 200,000 people completed the first year that it came out so, we get up there in the numbers. But it is not about numbers. It is about people and having them get involved and improve the outcomes of care in people with diabetes.

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