2008 UW Honorary Citation Report – Thielke

Citation recipient Professor Tom Thielke with Dean Jeanette Roberts

Citation recipient Professor Tom Thielke (left) with Dean Jeanette Roberts (right)

Thomas S. Thielke received his BS from the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy in 1967 and completed the pharmacy administrative residency at UW Hospital and Clinics (UWHC), earning his master’s degree in hospital pharmacy from the UW-Madison in 1969. Thielke has spent his career at UWHC. During his almost 40-year tenure, he has served in a variety of roles, including assistant director of pharmacy and central services, associate director of pharmacy and central services, director of pharmacy and, in his current role, he is the vice president for professional and support services. The comprehensive pharmacy services provided at UW Hospital and Clinics are recognized as among the best in the country, and many were developed under Thielke’s leadership. During his distinguished career, Thielke has been a member of the UW School of Pharmacy faculty as a clinical professor.

Well known as an innovator and leader in pharmacy, Thielke is a sought-after speaker and has made numerous presentations to both domestic and international audiences on a broad range of topics. He is also a widely-published author whose work has appeared in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, Topics in Hospital Pharmacy Management and JAMA. Thielke has been extraordinarily active in pharmacy organizations and is a past president of both ASHP and the Wisconsin Society of Health-System Pharmacists. He was instrumental in the formation of the One Voice-One Vision steering committee that ultimately resulted in the formation of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin and served as the first chairman of the board for the new organization. He is also a member of the American Pharmacists Association and the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacists.

On an international level, Thielke also has distinguished himself as a leader in the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). He has been an active participant in FIP congresses around the world and served as the vice president and president of the FIP hospital pharmacists section. Over the years, Thielke has been recognized by his peers and colleagues with numerous awards and honors. Twice named Hospital Pharmacist of the Year in the state of Wisconsin by the Wisconsin Society of Hospital Pharmacists, he has also been recognized as a fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and as Innovative Pharmacy Practitioner of the Year by the Wisconsin Pharmacists Association. He received the Presidents Award from WSHP and was chosen as recipient of the Winston J. Durant Lecture Award and the Medication Safety Leadership Award from McKesson. Most recently, Thielke was recognized as the Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award winner by ASHP in 2005 and received the Donald E. Francke Medal from ASHP in 2006.

This year, Thielke was awarded the John W. Webb Lecture Award by ASHP. This award recognizes a hospital or health-system pharmacy practitioner or educator who has distinguished herself or himself through extraordinary dedication to fostering excellence in pharmacy management. Thielke’s long-time involvement with the UW Hospital and Clinics pharmacy administrative residency program is the most prominent example of this dedication. An early graduate of the residency program, Thielke followed in the footsteps of Winn Durant and Dave Zilz as director of the program, which recently celebrated its 45th anniversary. The program has graduated more than 250 pharmacy leaders who hold leadership positions in hospitals and health systems in nearly every state in the country.

Thielke’s career demonstrates the strength of his commitment to the pharmacy profession and the development of a new generation of pharmacy leaders. There are few graduates of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the School of Pharmacy who have consistently demonstrated Thielke’s enthusiasm for his profession, his alma mater and his beloved Badgers. His regular encouragement to pharmacy students and his pharmacy colleagues to “FIRE UP!” helps to ignite the passion for the pharmacy profession in all of us.