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- PharmD, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Sciences, 1974
- MS, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1972
- BS, Brooklyn College of Pharmacy of Long Island University, 1967
About Arthur I. Jacknowitz
Arthur I. Jacknowitz, PharmD is a Professor Emeritus and Arthur I. Jacknowitz Distinguished Chair Emeritus in Clinical Pharmacy at West Virginia University. He was Chair of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy for almost 16 years (1985-2001). Prior to this, Dr. Jacknowitz was Director of the West Virginia University Drug Information Center, a position he held as his initial faculty appointment at WVU in 1974. In 1988 his efforts in drug information dissemination to consumers and health professionals statewide was recognized by WVU with the Heebink Award for Outstanding State Service.
Author or coauthor of more than 100 scientific and technical articles and abstracts and as many presentations, Dr. Jacknowitz was a monthly columnist for several years for the US Pharmacist, a recipient of the Merck, Sharp and Dohme Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Profession of Pharmacy, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Drug Information Journal for more than a quarter of a century. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Drug Information Association. In 1996 the Drug Information Association recognized his service to the Association by awarding him its Outstanding Service Award.
Dr. Jacknowitz was the author of the chapter on musculoskeletal injuries and disorders in four editions of the Handbook of Non-Prescription Drugs. He served two five-year terms, from 2000-2010, as a member of the United States Pharmacopeial Convention’s (USP) Gastroenterology Expert Committee. He is one of only 22 healthcare professional nationwide to serve on the 2010-2015 Medicare Model Guidelines Expert Panel, Dr. Jacknowitz and his colleagues on the panel were the recipients of the 2011 USP’s Award for an Innovative Response to a Public Health Challenge. The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) recently reappointed him to a seventh three-year term on its Licensure Test Review Committee (NAPLEX). He is one of only 25 pharmacy practitioners/educators nationwide to achieve this recognition. He has served as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Rodale Press and Prevention Magazine. In 1996, Dr. Jacknowitz was chosen as a Lady Davis Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and spent a semester there as a member of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Biopharmaceutics. He has served as academic advisor to more than 260 pre-pharmacy and pharmacy honors students during the past decade, and in recognition of his sustained efforts was named the Honors College Faculty Advisor of 2012.
To recognize his teaching, scholarship and service for more than a quarter century to WVU, a former student endowed a Distinguished Chair in his honor in 2001 and he was named the first occupant of the Arthur I. Jacknowitz Chair in Clinical Pharmacy. He was inducted into the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center Academy of Excellence in Teaching and Learning in March, 2012. In addition, his alma mater has recognized his achievements by naming him a distinguished alumnus of Long Island University’s Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy at their 2002 Commencement Ceremony. He also served as keynote speaker at the College’s 2012 Rho Chi Induction Ceremony. In 2004, the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy Alumni Association conferred honorary alumnus status on Dr. Jacknowitz. In addition, that year. Finally, in 2005, the Morgantown Dominion Post recognized him as one of the 100 most influential citizens in Morgantown, and the West Virginia University Student Foundation honored him as the Most Loyal Faculty Mountaineer. Dr. Jacknowitz retired at the end of the 2012 academic year after 38 years of service to West Virginia University.
Since his retirement, Dr. Jacknowitz remains connected to the Morgantown community, School of Pharmacy and the greater University. He volunteers as a pharmacist-provider at Mylan Puskar Health Right, a free community clinic for underinsured low income area residents. At the School of Pharmacy, Dr. Jacknowitz is a student mentor and coordinates its student-ambassador program. The program’s goal is to utilize Doctor of Pharmacy students to return to their high schools or college pre-pharmacy programs to encourage the best and brightest students to apply to the School of Pharmacy.
At the University, Dr. Jacknowitz is a member of the Faculty Senate, representing retired faculty. Additionally he was selected to serve on the newly formed West Virginia University Retirees Association Steering Committee. In October, 2014 he was one of the keynote speakers at the Association’s launch. Dr. Jacknowitz is one of twelve members of the inaugural class of West Virginia University Art Museum docents. The museum is scheduled to open in August, 2015. The culmination of his career at West Virginia University will be his induction into the 2015 class of the Order of Vandalia.