Victor A. Yanchick, PhD

Victor Yanchick

Title: Dean Emeritus, Professor
Company: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy
Location: Midlothian, Virginia, United States

Victor A. Yanchick, PhD, Dean Emeritus and Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in pharmacology.

Dr. Yanchick became involved in his profession because he wanted to attend medical school but his parents didn’t have a lot of money, so he had to finance his way through college. A friend of his suggested that he should go to pharmacy school and become a pharmacist for a couple of years so he could earn enough money to go to medical school. He went to pharmacy school and then he met his wife and they got married and their careers changed. His wife was a nurse and he knew she would have to continue working so he decided to pursue his PhD in pharmacy. Dr. Yanchick earned a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the University of Iowa in 1962 and a Master of Science in pharmacy in 1966. He then went on to receive Doctor of Philosophy in pharmacy from Purdue University in 1968. Upon graduation, he became certified in geriatric pharmacotherapy.

The highlight of Dr. Yanchick’s career was when he was finishing his PhD and was planning to go into research. The dean pulled him to the side and told him he should consider a career in academia as Dr. Yanchick was an instructor there and taught a class. The students loved him and he was good so as a favor to the dean he interviewed with several schools in pharmacy. He interviewed at the University of Texas where there was a drug plastic research lab and he decided he would go there because his research was in drug plastic. Dr. Yanchick started his career at the Silver Cross Hospital in 1962 as an assistant chief pharmacist until 1964. He then went to the Universities Hospital as a hospital pharmacy resident in 1964, staying until 1966. From 1966 to 1968, he held the position of instructor of clinical pharmacy at Purdue University. In 1968, he joined the University of Texas at Austin and remained until 1984, holding the positions of assistant professor of pharmacy, acting assistant dean, associate professor of pharmacy, assistant dean of academic affairs, professor of pharmacy and associate dean. In 1985, Dr. Yanchick took on the role of dean of the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, where he remained until 1996. From there, he joined Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy as a dean and professor of pharmacy where he remained until his retirement in 2014 when he became dean emeritus. As a testament to his success, Dr. Yanchick received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 2016, a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Iowa in 1998, an Alumni Association Award from the University of Oklahoma in 1989 and a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Purdue University in 1995. He is also listed in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.

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