Brian Gates, clinical assistant professor of pharmacotherapy at Washington State University Spokane, recently was awarded the Pharmacist Mutual Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year Award at the 2003 Tri-State Pharmacy Convention.

The award is presented to an exemplary pharmacist who has made outstanding contributions in community service and been in practice less than 10 years.

Gates received a doctorate in pharmacy from WSU in 1999 and completed three years of postgraduate training in geriatrics with WSU before joining the faculty. He serves as a consultant pharmacist for the Visiting Nurses Association, a rotation site for WSU’’s fourth-year pharmacy students. Gates is also a contributing editor for the journal Advances in Pharmacy and provides talks on medication safety for senior citizen groups.

He was the lead investigator in a recent study examining links between use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and congestive heart failure, showing that use of NSAIDs can contribute to first-time hospitalization for the condition. He conducted the research as part of his post-doctoral fellowship funded by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Merck-American College of Clinical Pharmacy Outcomes and Economics Fellowship.