Pharmacy innovator Keith Campbell, B.Pharm, MBA, CDE, who sits on our board of advisors at Diabetes in Control, is one of the first pharmacists to become a certified diabetes educator and the inspiration for hundreds of other pharmacists and nurses who since followed in his footsteps, received the Lifetime Achievement Award on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 at the Washington State University College of Pharmacy Crimson Gala. The money raised at the gala will not only go toward naming the R. Keith Campbell Applied Patient Care Lab in the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building at WSU Health Sciences in Spokane, but also the student study area on the same floor. The applied patient care lab is where students learn hands-on patient care skills. Student pharmacists engage in peer-to-peer role-play that includes faculty-led feedback and discussion.
The prestigious award recognizes a track record of excellence in pharmacy, patient care, advocacy, research, service and mentoring or teaching. To further commemorate Campbell’s contributions to pharmacy, the college announced the renaming of the award to The R. Keith Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award, which will honor the leaders, entrepreneurs and ground-breakers of the future who will shape the healthcare landscape in generations to come for the betterment of humankind.
Campbell, who has had type 1 diabetes for over 61 years and has used an insulin pump for over 32 years, grew up in Spokane Valley, Wash., and is a WSU graduate. He served more than 45 years at the WSU College of Pharmacy in a variety of roles, including program administrator, professor, director, student advisor, and associate dean of student services. Campbell contributed to more than 700 publications and helped create the clinical pharmacy curriculum and rotations for the college.
Campbell’s work did not stop inside the classroom. He developed numerous unique live and self-study programs about the management of chronic diseases, such as type 1 diabetes. Campbell was the first pharmacist elected to the board of directors of the American Diabetes Association. He was also one of the 17 founding members of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the Chair of the Medical Advisory Board for the Washington State Diabetes Control Project funded by the Center for Disease Control. He has served on numerous committees for the American Diabetes Association, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and the NIH. He was also a member of professional panels that wrote the position statements on Blood Glucose Monitoring for both ADA and AADE and he assisted the NIH in translating the famous Diabetes Control and Complications Trial to try to change the treatment objectives of diabetes patients.
Gary Pollack, dean of the WSH College of Pharmacy, found the recognition to be the perfect tribute. “It is only fitting that we can dedicate the teaching space and the student study space to honor Keith, since he has made such a difference in the lives of so many students at WSU.”