Lynn and Walt Uber ’88 ’89 Give Keynote for Class of 2018
They both grew up in New York, went to the University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy, got PharmDs from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy (MUSC), did residencies at MUSC and devoted their careers to clinical pharmacy at MUSC. They also got married.
Lynn and Walt Uber ’88 R ’89 are retiring after nearly 30 years continuous service to MUSC and the MUSC pharmacy family. On May 18, the Ubers were honored as co-recipients of the 2018 MUSC College of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award and delivered the keynote address at Convocation and Hooding Ceremony for the Class of 2018.
“The Ubers have both been important leaders for the College in many ways,” said Philip D. Hall, dean of the MUSC College of Pharmacy. “Aside from the tremendous impact they’ve have had on patient care and clinical service at MUSC, they have been very active as alumni and preceptors for the College. We have relied on their feedback, guidance, and support through three decades of constant change and growth.”
In 1989, Lynn Uber completed an adult internal medicine/surgery residency at MUSC and Walt Uber completed one in critical care, after which they accepted faculty positions with the College of Pharmacy. They transitioned to become the first clinical specialists with the hospital in 1993; Lynn Uber worked with the adult and pediatric abdominal transplant program and Walt Uber worked with the adult and pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery /Heart and Lung Transplant program.
They have been mentors/advisors for MUSC pharmacy and medical students, residents and fellows for the past 30 years. Their evaluations have always been exemplary and their rotations highly sought. They have served as preceptors for numerous grand rounds presentations, residency seminar presentations and residency projects. For all their teaching efforts, Lynn Uber was awarded:
- the Clinical Instructor of the year in 1991
- the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004 from The Union Endicott High School for having made a difference
- the IPPE Hospital preceptor of the year in 2016
and Walt Uber was awarded:
- the Clinical Faculty of the Year award in 1989
- the Professor of the Year award in 1993
- the Preceptor of the Year in 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2006
As the PharmD “forefathers” of the abdominal and thoracic transplant programs, the Ubers have been recognized often for their contributions to pharmacy practice. Lynn Uber developed and implemented many new clinical improvement programs for the department of pharmacy and transplant programs, for which she received numerous Excellence Awards, Trident Area Team Quality Awards along with The Novation Best Practice Award and Letter of Commendation. Walt Uber received the Orville C. Baxter Professional Practice Award from The University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Alumni Association for an outstanding practicing pharmacist and in 2009, he and his critical care colleagues won the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Best Practices Award in Health Systems Pharmacy for a safety and efficacy analysis of an inpatient collaborative drug therapy management service for direct thrombin inhibitors. This year, he was just named as one of three members nationwide in the 2018 class of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Master Preceptor Recognition Program.
“We have always pointed with pride to Lynn and Walt as being exemplary products of - and contributors to - the MUSC pharmacy experience,” said Hall. “We want our students to be influential leaders and make a difference, just as the Ubers do every day.”