University of Charleston School of Pharmacy Alums Honored by West Virginia Pharmacists Association
WV) – University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP) Alumni members Dr.
John H Hudson (Class of 2011) and Dr. Matt Rafa (Class of 2010) were statewide
award winners at the 110th West Virginia Pharmacists Association
(WVPA) annual convention in Charleston, WV on Saturday, September 23.
Hudson is a
recipient of the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award, which recognized his
excellence and outstanding contributions to the WVPA and his community, while Rafa
was the recipient of the Generation Rx Champion Award for demonstrating
specific efforts to prevent drug abuse and diversion.
currently serves as a clinical pharmacy specialist in the areas of
gastroenterology and infectious disease with Marshall Internal Medicine with an
emphasis on hepatitis C, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and rheumatoid
Wheeling, WV native, is currently a pharmacy manager for Kroger Pharmacy. Rafa
is also the founder of Home for Opioid Prevention, Education, and Support
(HOPES) which serves as a safe and welcoming home to address the health and
social condition of the current opioid epidemic.
community is proud of our alums’ achievements,” said Dr. Michelle Easton, UCSOP
Dean. “Both John and Matt were
exceptional students. They were heavily involved in our community outreach
efforts, and were seen has having unlimited potential. It is heartwarming to
see them be recognized as state leaders by their peers less than a decade from
their graduation from our program.”