BUFFALO, N.Y. – Karl D. Fiebelkorn, MBA, associate
professor of pharmacy practice in the University at Buffalo School
of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SOPPS), is the recipient
of the 2014 Bowl of Hygeia Award for outstanding community
The award is sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association
Foundation and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy
Associations, with support from Boehringer Ingelheim.
Established in 1958, the Bowl of Hygeia is the most widely
recognized international symbol for the pharmacy profession and is
considered one of the profession’s most prestigious
The award recognizes pharmacists who possess outstanding records
of civic leadership in their communities and encourages pharmacists
to take active roles in the affairs of their respective
communities. The award is presented annually by participating state
pharmacist associations, including those in the District of
Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Fiebelkorn said the award was unexpected.
“I was very honored and humbled to receive such a
prestigious award from the premier pharmacy society in the
country,” he said.
Fiebelkorn, also associate dean for student affairs and
professional relations in the UB pharmacy school, has a long
history of volunteerism and community service.
In 1996, he began the UB SOPPS Poison Prevention Program, which
educates thousands of young children about the hazards of poisoning
in Western New York. A few years later, he received a grant to
produce “The Poison Palace,” an educational video about
the hazards of children ingesting poisons. In addition, a video
titled “Keeping Kids Safe: A Guide for Babysitters” was
oriented to teenagers caring for young children to educate them on
how to prevent poison ingestion by their young charges.
Fiebelkorn has served on the Asthma Coalition of Western New
York board of directors, the Amherst Youth Task Force on Healthy
Youth board of directors and the Responsible Tobacco Retailing
While serving on the WNY Drug Disposal Committee, he worked with
the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to create a regional DEA
Drug Take-Back Program that serves 32 sites in Western New York and
gives local citizens the opportunity to relinquish unused drugs
Fiebelkorn has been pharmacy coordinator for a number of
community-wide wellness fairs, including separate health fairs
sponsored by state assemblymen James Hayes, Ray Walter and Mark
Schroeder, and state Sen. Mike Ranzenhofer.
He is a a board member and vice president of the Pharmacists
Association of Western New York, past board member of the Western
New York Society of Health Systems Pharmacy, and a delegate to the
American Pharmacist Association and the Pharmacists’ Society
of the State of New York.
Fiebelkorn also serves on the executive committee of the Rho Chi
Society, the national pharmacy honor society, as well as the
steering committee of the National Community Pharmacists
An advocate of the profession, Fiebelkorn encourages UB pharmacy
students to participate in ventures ranging from attending Pharmacy
Day in Albany — educating legislators on the profession of
pharmacy and lobbying for patient issues — to educating young
adults and their parents on drug abuse.
As an advisor to several student organizations, Fiebelkorn
oversees many charitable events organized by students groups,
including the National Community Pharmacist Association, the School
of Pharmacy Student Association, the Rho Chi National Honor Society
and the Student Pharmacists Association of Western New York.
He also assists students in coordinating the annual UB SOPPS
Charity Dance that raises thousands of dollars for local charities
Fiebelkorn has received numerous awards, including Distinguished
Pharmacy Educator from the National Community Pharmacists
Association and the Pharmacist Society of the State of New York
He also received the Jack Nicolais Award from PSSNY for his role
in student advocacy.
Fiebelkorn has been selected for the Western New York Society of
Health Systems Pharmacists Robert M. Coooper Award for
professionalism, as well as the Pharmacists Association of Western
New York Community Service Award for his role in expanding
immunizations by pharmacists in the community in New York
A leader in the push to have pharmacists administer
immunizations to ensure protection from disease for all
communities, Fiebelkorn was among the first pharmacist immunizer
trainers in New York State.
Fiebelkorn is a double alumnus of UB, having received a
baccalaureate from the Department of Pharmacy Practice in 1978 and
an MBA from the School of Management in 1988.