John A. Gans is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). His involvement in pharmacy began at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy in 1966 and a doctorate in pharmacy in 1969. He served on the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science faculty from 1980 to 1988 and as the Dean of the School of Pharmacy from 1988 until his appointment to APhA the following year.
After beginning his career as a community pharmacist, Dr. Gans served a residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and later became the hospital’s Assistant Director of Pharmacy. From 1974 to 1985, he served as Managing Director of Pharmaservices, a consultant firm to nursing homes.
Dr. Gans’ research interests included the original work in the development of total parenteral nutrition in humans and dogs for which he received a research award in 1972 from the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists.
Among his many contributions to the profession, Dr. Gans served as Chairman of the Delaware Valley Regional Poison Control Program, which established a 24-hour regional poison control center in 1985. He served as President of the Pennsylvania Society of Hospital Pharmacists in 1980–1981 and as President of the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists in 1986–1987. His other honors include the 1997 Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science Alumni Award and the 1998 Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award presented by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
Dr. Gans’ commitment to the profession of pharmacy reaches beyond proceedings in the United States as demonstrated by his sustained involvement in international pharmacy. He served as Secretary General for the Pan American Federation of Pharmacy from 1991 to 1994 and as its Vice President for North America since 1994. He has been an International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Council Member since 1989, served in the Working Group on FIP Public Policy in 1995, and was elected as a Vice President to the FIP Bureau in 1998.
The John A. Gans Scholarship is presented annually to one (1) recipient with a scholarship of $1,000.