Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, dean and professor of clinical pharmacy in the UCSF School of Pharmacy, will be honored with the American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA) Daniel B. Smith Practice Excellence Award next month. Koda-Kimble, named dean in September 1998, is a homegrown UCSF leader. She received her doctor of pharmacy degree from UCSF in 1969 as the senior with the highest grade-point average and earning an honorable mention for the Bowl of Hygeia. She joined the UCSF faculty in 1970. Prior to her appointment as dean, Koda-Kimble served as chair and professor of the department of clinical pharmacy in the UCSF School of Pharmacy, where she teaches and cares for patients at the UCSF Diabetes Center. She also holds the Thomas J. Long Endowed Chair in Chain Pharmacy Practice. She was selected for the national award in recognition of her long history of exemplary contributions and meritorious service to pharmacy education, practice and leadership. The award, which is endowed by DuPont Pharma, will be presented at the AphA's 149th Annual Meeting and Exposition, March 15-19, 2002 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. APhA's Awards and Honors Program is American pharmacy's most comprehensive recognition program. According to one of her nominators, "Our profession is blessed with outstanding leaders in all its sectors - students, practitioners, educators, and administrators. It is rare that one individual distinguishes herself as a leader in the practitioner, educator, and administrator segment." Honored with her first "best teacher" award in 1974, Koda-Kimble has since received numerous teaching and practice awards, including being named an inaugural inductee to the California Pharmacists Association Hall of Fame in 1997, "Alumnus of the Year" by the UCSF School of Pharmacy Alumni Association in 1993 and "Pharmacist of the Year" by the California State Board of Pharmacy in 1991. The Daniel B. Smith Award, established in 1964 to honor the first president of APhA, recognized outstanding performance and achievements of a community practitioner who had distinguished himself or herself and the profession of pharmacy in the recipient's community and professional practice setting. The award was merged with the APhA Practice Excellence Award in 1994 to recognize outstanding performance and achievements of a practitioner in any setting. On a national level, she has served pharmacy through her service to several national pharmacy organizations. In addition to her involvement in pharmacy, she serves on the Food and Drug Administration Nonprescription Drug Advisory Committee and the United States Pharmacopeia Board of Trustees. She also was recently invited to be a member of the Institute of Medicine -- an honor only a few pharmacists have received. Throughout her career, Koda-Kimble has advanced the pharmaceutical care of patients, supported the careers of pharmacy students, advanced academic pharmacy, and has been significantly involved in many pharmacy organizations. She is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters and is a well-known speaker on a national basis. She has also participated in web chats offering her expertise on diabetes education. The American Pharmaceutical Association is the first established and largest professional association of pharmacists in the United States. APhA's 50,000 members include practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, pharmacy students, pharmacy technicians, and others interested in advancing the profession. The Association is a leader in providing professional information and education for pharmacists and an advocate for improved health through the provision of comprehensive pharmaceutical care.