Ponte Receives Distinguished Practitioner Award
 Charles Ponte, Pharm.D.

Charles Ponte, Pharm.D., has been elected as Distinguished Practitioner by academic pharmacy colleagues from the National Academies of Practice in Pharmacy.

Ponte is a professor of clinical pharmacy and family medicine in the Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy at West Virginia University.

The award recognizes Ponte’s long-term service to the pharmacy profession. 

At the University of Connecticut, Ponte started out as a pre-dental student, but switched his major to pharmacy after two weeks.

“You might say that I instinctively chose pharmacy as a career path, and it obviously worked out,” Ponte said.

Ponte’s career has focused on pharmacy education, the training of medical students and residents in family medicine, and the provision of pharmaceutical care. His practice interests include the management of diabetes and its complications, pain management and women’s health issues.

“This is also a testament to the administrative support, encouragement and mentorship afforded to me by the Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine during my 27-year career here at the Health Sciences Center,” Ponte said.

Dr. Ponte is board certified in diabetes education, pharmacotherapy (the treatment of disease through medication), and advanced diabetes management. He is also a diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management.

At WVU, he has received three outstanding teacher awards from the School of Pharmacy and has been honored twice for excellence in resident teaching in the Department of Family Medicine.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
dc: 08-22-07

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