Joel Seth Aronson, RPh | Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Ret.) | Veteran Affairs Medical Center

Having discovered his passion for chemistry early in his life, Joel Seth Aronson, RPh went on to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry in order to apply his interests to help others. In 1972, he attained a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Pharmacy and quickly dove into the realm of his work. Mr. Aronson gained valuable expertise as a staff hospital pharmacist with Boston City Hospital from 1974 to 2002, as well as with the Boston Medical Center from 1996 to 2002.

Mr. Aronson joined the Veteran Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Rhode Island in 2004 as a staff hospital pharmacist until being promoted to clinical pharmacy specialist in 2011. In this post, he verified physicians’ orders and maintained responsibility for discharging and counseling patients until commencing his retirement in 2019. Despite being settled in his retirement, Mr. Aronson continues to contribute to his community and those in need as a volunteer trainer in the pharmaceutical industry.

Finding great success throughout the course of his career, Mr. Aronson recently accepted the I-Care Award from VAMC. One memorable moment of his career was during a blizzard on a day when he had to work at Boston City Hospital in 1978. No buses and trains were running, so he walked through the snow to tend to his daily duties. For his dedication to his patients, Mr. Aronson received a Commendation from Boston City Hospital for his exemplary work.

To remain abreast of his field, Mr. Aronson maintains professional membership with the American Pharmaceutical Association, the Massachusetts Pharmaceutical Association, the Massachusetts Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Attributing his success to being compassionate and a good listener, he is proud that pharmacists are being recognized as an essential part of the healthcare teams. His advice to pharmacists and all health care professionals alike is to treat all patients fairly.

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