Ron Polk received his Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Washington State University in 1971 and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Michigan in 1973. He is currently a Professor of Pharmacy and Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia Campus in Richmond. He is a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (FIDSA), past member of the program committee of the Interscience Conference of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) and a founding member and past-president of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists. He has published approximately 100 peer-reviewed journal articles on a variety of infectious diseases topics and he is an author or co-author in a number of medical textbooks including Harrisons’ Principles of Internal Medicine [Therapy and Prophylaxis of Bacterial Infections], 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]. His current research interests include the pharmacoepidemiology of hospital antibiotic use and its relationship to bacterial resistance and Clostridium difficile disease. He and his collaborators has presented in excess of 40 abstracts at professional meeting on these topics since year 2000, and have published some of the seminal manuscripts in this area. In 2009 he received the Miller Award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) for sustained contributions to the literature.
Area of Focus
- * Infectious Disease
- * Epidemiology of Antibiotic Use and Resistance
- Pharm.D., Pharmacy (University of Michigan, 1973)
- B.A., Pharmacy (Washington State University, 1971)