Dr. Derek Stewart, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Practice at the QU College of Pharmacy and Manager of Academic Quality Assurance at Vice President for Medical and Health Sciences Office QU has been appointed as the President of the European Society of Clinical Pharmacy.
The European Society of Clinical Pharmacy is an international leader in advancing quality and innovation in clinical pharmacy education, practice and research. The mission of the society is to promote, support, implement and advance education, practice and research in clinical pharmacy in order to optimize outcomes for patients. Specifically, the society promotes the value and impact of clinical pharmacy services among health care professionals, scientific societies, health authorities and the public; and raises awareness of clinical pharmacy practice and its activities. While the membership is largely from Europe, the international profile is growing within the Middle East. Prior to being appointed as President, Dr. Derek served as a member of the General Committee, the strategic planning and decision making committee of the society. He also served as Chair of the Research Committee for a period of three years.
As President, Dr. Derek will lead the society for two years, during which time he hopes to revise the vision and mission and expand the scope and membership.
Commenting on his achievement Dr. Derek said: “It is an honor and highlight of my career to take on the role of the President of the European Society of Clinical Pharmacy. I do so with a little trepidation but also with a great deal of excitement and hope to bring commitment, energy, drive and a little fun to the role. I am indebted to the immediate past President, Professor Bart van den Bemt of the Netherlands for his leadership. The Coronavirus pandemic has provided further evidence of the significance of the pharmacist and pharmacy team to ensuring the appropriate use of medicines and delivering on the wider healthcare agenda. As a society, we will build on this positive foundation to meet the aspirations and needs of our members to deliver the very best care.” He also noted that “The role of President will also provide opportunities to showcase the contribution of Qatar University at the international level to influence clinical pharmacy practice, education and research.”
Dr. Mohammad Diab, Dean of the College of Pharmacy at Qatar University added, “Dr. Derek’s appointment as President of this organisation is an outstanding achievement which reflects very well on the college and university. This provides an excellent opportunity to enhance our international reputation within pharmacy and healthcare.”
Dr. Derek joined Qatar University in April 2019 from Scotland where he was Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. He is a highly acclaimed international researcher and academic, having published over 200 research and education papers, attracted more than £3 million in research funding and supervised 25 doctoral students to completion. He has collaborated with individuals at Qatar University and Hamad Medical Corporation for over ten years.