Pharmacy graduate to receive Kappa Epsilon/Merck Vanguard Award
LeAnne Davidson Kennedy, 1993 PharmD graduate from Campbell University, will receive the 2012 Kappa Epsilon/Merck Vanguard Leadership Award on March 10.
The presentation will take place at the Kappa Epsilon reception, in conjunction with the American Pharmacists Association’s Pharmacy Exposition in New Orleans.
Kennedy is the clinical specialist for inpatient hematology and oncology at Wake Forest Baptist Health (WFBH) in Winston-Salem, NC. In 1993 she received her doctor of pharmacy degree from Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, followed by a pharmacy practice residency at WFBH. She presently is director of the PGY2 oncology residency.
For 18 years she has worked with the blood and marrow
transplant service at WFBH and continues an active interest in
supportive care and anti-infective therapies. LeAnne is also an adjunct
assistant professor at Campbell University and for the University of
North Carolina’s School of Pharmacy plus Wake Forest University’s School
of Health Sciences. In 2002 she received board certification in
Numerous committees continue to benefit from her leadership and participation. She
is serving as a founding member of the Hematology and Oncology Pharmacy
Association and in 2001 founded the North Carolina Oncology Pharmacist
Association. Organizations utilizing her expertise are the
American Society Blood and Marrow Transplant, American Society of
Health-System Pharmacists, America Society of Clinical Oncology, the
American Pharmacists Association, and others.
Kennedy’s career path includes innumerable lectures, 24 presentations, and 38 research projects as primary or co-investigator. She
is a prolific writer and has contributed to 18 publications on multiple
subjects, including oncology, blood, transplants, chemotherapy, and
During her career, she has received many
honors and awards including outstanding pharmacist, continuing
excellence, most influential pharmacist, and preceptor of the year. In
2005, Kennedy received the first Award of Excellence from the
Hematology and Oncology Association. Throughout the years Campbell
University has invited her to give keynote and graduation addresses.
addition to professional activities she is a contributor to the larger
world, active in community service, church, medical mission trips,
crisis control, and United Way. Kennedy is an esteemed
professional harpist, having performed at the Kennedy Center,
Washington, DC, at convocations, for various churches, and at weddings.
Kennedy and her husband Gary reside in Winston-Salem, NC and have two sons, Jeffrey and Andrew.
Kennedy is a member of Kappa Epsilon, (Alpha Rho), and the fraternity is honored to be represented so admirably by one of its own.