Biberdorf named Distinguished Alumnus at NDSU

November 1, 2016 – Fargo, North Dakota – Robert I. “Bob” Biberdorf has been selected as the NDSU School of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumnus for 2016. Sponsored by each of the colleges at the university, the NDSU Distinguished Alumni Award Program recognizes accomplishments of outstanding alumni and educates students by introducing them to successful alumni in their respective fields of study. 

As the senior executive director of pharmacy for Sanford Health, Biberdorf oversees the pharmacy enterprise for an extensive health system serving thousands of patients. He is a graduate of the NDSU School of Pharmacy in the College of Health Professions, receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1976 and master’s of science in pharmacy in 1978. 

As a leader in the pharmacy profession, Biberdorf served to educate students and advance the practice of pharmacy through innovation in teaching, research and practice. At NDSU, he is professor emeritus and previously was an assistant professor and lecturer in pharmacy. He serves as a role model to students, and contributes to the School of Pharmacy’s commitment to preparing students to become competent, caring, ethical professionals and citizens committed to lifelong learning.

His career has included serving in many health care positions, first at MeritCare Health System, and later at Sanford Health. These include:  enterprise vice president of pharmacy; vice president of pharmacy, dialysis and transplant; executive partner of pharmacy services; clinical manager of pharmacy services; and director of pharmacy practice residency.

Biberdorf also has served as a long-term care pharmacy consultant, as assistant editor of Drugdex Drug Information System, I.V. clinical supervisor and drug information center director within the Veteran’s Administration medical system, and as an assistant professor of clinical pharmacy at the University of Wyoming.                                   

His extensive knowledge of the pharmacy profession has been shared in many settings, including more than 120 invited presentations on pharmacy and therapeutics issues.

Biberdorf received numerous awards including Preceptor of the Year, Clinical Teacher of the Year, North Dakota Hospital Pharmacist of the Year and a commendation from the Veterans Administration Hospital. He has published articles and research in Hospital Pharmacy, Journal of Geriatric Drug Therapy, and the Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association, among others. 

Active in professional associations, Biberdorf is affiliated with the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists and served as past president of the North Dakota Society of Hospital Pharmacists. He is a member of Rho Chi Honorary Pharmaceutical Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Fraternity and Phi Eta Sigma Honorary Fraternity. 

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