Ron E. Polk, PharmD, FIDSA, FSHEA

Ron Polk is Emeritus Professor, School of Pharmacy, and Affiliate Professor of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

He was a founding member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP); a founding member and past president of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists, has served on the program committee of the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), and on the editorial board of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

He has authored or co-authored book chapters in Harrisons’ Principles of Internal Medicine [Choosing an Antibiotic], Mandell’s Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases [Antimicrobial Stewardship] and Wenzel’s Prevention and Control of Nosocomial Infections [Measuring Antimicrobial Prescribing and Bacterial Resistance]. He has published approximately 100 peer-reviewed articles in the infectious diseases literature, including human investigations of pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic relationships, antimicrobial drug-drug interactions, and the epidemiology of hospital antibiotic use, including risk-adjustment methods for interhospital benchmarking. 

He was the 2009 recipient of the Miller Award from ACCP for “sustained contributions to the research literature”. He lives in Oregon where he edits a monthly column in the local newspaper on health-related issues.