TJU Commencement Information
Honorary Degree Recipients
Jefferson School of Health Professions/
Jefferson School of Pharmacy Ceremony
Pennsylvania Convention Center – May 14, 2012
Doctor of Science – Henri R. Manasse, Jr., PhD, ScD
Henri R. Manasse, Jr., PhD, ScD, was the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) from 1997 through 2011. ASHP is a national organization of hospital and health-system pharmacists with a history of improving medication use and enhancing patient safety
Before his tenure at ASHP, Dr. Manasse served as Vice President for Health Sciences, The University of Iowa, and Chairman of the Board of the University of Iowa Health System. Other academic and administrative positions include serving as dean of the College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and interim Vice Chancellor for Health Services at UIC Medical Center.
Dr. Manasse earned a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Illinois, a Master of Arts degree in educational psychology from Loyola University of Chicago, and a PhD in pharmacy administration from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Manasse is involved with the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), a global federation of national associations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists that serves more than two million practitioners and scientists through 126 member organizations. He was elected Professional Secretary of the Board of Pharmaceutical Practice of the FIP in 2005 and again in 2009. He In 2008 he was named a Fellow of FIP, an honor that recognizes strong international leadership and distinguished activity in the pharmaceutical sciences or practice of pharmacy. In 2007 Dr. Manasse received the ASHP Harvey A. K. Whitney Lecture Award, an honor that recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to health-system pharmacy. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1996.
An internationally recognized authority on patient safety and the pharmacist workforce, Dr. Manasse has published and spoken widely on these topics. Since retiring in June 2011, Dr. Manasse maintains a role as ASHP Executive Vice President and CEO Emeritus and actively continues his work with the FIP.
Jefferson School of Nursing Ceremony
Pennsylvania Convention Center – May 14, 2012
Doctor of Science – Carolyn M. Clancy, MD
Carolyn M. Clancy, MD, is the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). She was appointed to this position in 2003 after serving as acting director, and she was reappointed in 2009. Dr. Clancy is an internist specializing in primary care medicine and women’s health and a clinical researcher focused on improving healthcare quality, patient safety and reducing disparities in care. As Director of AHRQ, she launched the first annual report to Congress on healthcare disparities and healthcare quality.
In addition to her AHRQ role, Dr. Clancy is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine. She also serves as senior associate editor for the journal Health Services Research and is on several editorial boards, including Annals of Internal Medicine, Annals of Family Medicine, American Journal of Medical Quality and Medical Care Research and Review.
In 2009, Dr. Clancy was awarded the prestigious William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research, the highest distinction for researchers in the health services field. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine and was elected a Master of the American College of Physicians in 2004.
Dr. Clancy joined AHRQ in 1990 as the Director of the Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research. From 1984 to 1990 she was an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and the director of the Medical Clinic at the Medical College of Virginia.
A graduate of Boston College and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Dr. Clancy was a Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania from 1982 to 1984. Other postdoctoral training includes the Stanford Faculty Development Program in Clinical Teaching in 1988 and the Kennedy Institute of Bioethics Intensive Course at Georgetown University in 1989.
Jefferson Medical College/
Jefferson College of Graduate Studies/
Jefferson School of Population Health Ceremony
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts – May 21, 2012
Doctor of Science – Barbara F. Atkinson, MD
Barbara F. Atkinson, MD, a 1974 graduate of Jefferson Medical College, is the Former Executive Vice Chancellor of the University of Kansas (KU) Medical Center and the Executive Dean of the KU School of Medicine. She joined the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 2000, and became the school’s Executive Dean in 2002 and Executive Vice Chancellor of the Medical Center in 2005. Dr. Atkinson was the first woman in the country to hold both positions at a medical center.
Dr. Atkinson is also the president of The Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine, an organization that works to promote and preserve the history of women in medicine and the medical sciences.
After earning her bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, Dr. Atkinson earned her medical degree from Jefferson in 1974. She stayed in Philadelphia for the next 25 years, working as assistant and associate professor and director of the cytopathology laboratory at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine from 1978 to 1987; then as professor and chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Medical College of Pennsylvania from 1987 to 1994; and at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University from 1994 to 1996. From 1996 to 1999, she was the Annenberg Dean of the MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, now Drexel College of Medicine.
Dr. Atkinson’s research interests include the identification and characterization of tumor antigens in cells and tissues and the development of techniques to recognize tumors and tumor types. She has edited seven books, including the Atlas of Cytopathology (1992) and the Atlas of Difficult Diagnosis in Cytopathology (1998, second edition in 2003) about the diagnosis of diseases based on the appearance of individual cells and groups of cells.
Dr. Atkinson was elected as the first female trustee of the American Board of Pathology in 1992 and is a past president of that organization. She is a member of the Administrative Board of the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges, serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Academic Health Centers, and is a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners. In 1996, Dr. Atkinson received the Jefferson Medical College Alumni Achievement Award. In 1997, she was elected to membership in the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.