The Richard A. Helms Award of Excellence in Pediatric Pharmacy Practice

The Richard A. Helms Award of Excellence in Pediatric Pharmacy Practice was established in 2006 by the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group Board of Directors.

The Helms Award recognizes (1) sustained and meritorious contributions to PPAG and to pediatric pharmacy practice, and (2) contributions of importance to education, new knowledge, and outreach.  The Richard A. Helms award is made possible by the generous donations of colleagues, friends, and past postdoctoral trainees of Dr. Helms.

To be eligible for the award, nominees should be a practitioner who has made a lasting contribution to pediatric pharmacy practice. Nominees must be in pediatric pharmacy practice for a minimum of fifteen (15) years and an active member of PPAG for a minimum of five (5) continuous years.

Recipients of the Helms Award give the Helms Award lecture during the Annual Meeting each year. 

About Dr. Richard A. Helms

Dr. Helms is a Professor of Pharmacy and Pediatrics and serves as the Chair of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He is director of clinical pharmacy at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, where he practices in the area of pediatric nutritional/metabolic support.

For over 30 years, Dr. Helms has been instrumental in defining the standard of practice in pediatric parenteral nutrition. His commitment to the care of children is exemplified by his involvement in training over 100 pharmacy residents in pediatric pharmacotherapy. Under his directorship, the pediatrics program has grown to four PGY1 residents and two to three PGY2 residents, a fellow, six full time faculty members (three tenured lines), an Accomplished Center of Excellence, an Endowed Chair, an inpatient and clinic-based nutrition service, and an infectious diseases and stewardship service.
 
He is a leader in the profession and has served on the boards of both PPAG and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN). He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Dr. Helms has received the Pharmacist of the Year Award from the Tennessee Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP) and has been recognized for research excellence by ASPEN and TSHP. Dr. Helms’ major research interests include amino acid and fatty acid metabolism in the neonate and infant.

Previous Helms Award Recipients 

2006
Richard Helms, PharmD, FPPAG
2007
Robert Poole, PharmD, FPPAG
2008
Peter Gal, PharmD, FPPAG
2009
Milap Nahata, MS, PharmD, FPPAG
2010
Robert Kuhn, PharmD, FPPAG
2011
Stephanie Phelps, PharmD, FPPAG
2012
James Dice, PharmD, FPPAG
2013
Donna Kraus, PharmD, FPPAG
2014
Sherry Luedtke, PharmD, FPPAG
2015
Ann Lesko, PharmD, FPPAG
2016
Michael Christensen, PharmD, FPPAG

2017
Elizabeth Farrington, PharmD, FPPAG