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 full-time staff hospital pharmacist with Boston City Hospital from 1974 to 1996, as well as with the Boston Medical Center from 1996 to 2002.

Mr. Aronson joined the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Providence, Rhode Island in 2004 as a full-time clinical pharmacist until being promoted to clinical pharmacy specialist in 2011. In this post, he verified physicians’ orders and maintained responsibility for discharging and counseling veterans 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 for pharmacy students, pharmacy residents, and pharmacy technicians.

Finding great success throughout the course of his career, Mr. Aronson recently accepted the I-CARE Leadership Award pin from the United States Department for Veterans Affairs. One memorable moment of his career was during a blizzard in Boston in 1978 on a day when he had to work at Boston City Hospital. No buses or above-ground trains were running, so he walked from his apartment in Revere 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 Pharmacists Association, the Massachusetts Pharmacists Association, the Massachusetts Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and  the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Upon reflection of his accomplished career, he is extremely proud of his work history, work with the veteran’s administration, and his overall work ethic, morals, and principles. Serving as a pharmacist was always a passion of his and he wanted to make a difference in the lives of others; as a pharmacist, he always took extra time and effort to explain medication to his patients.

Attributing his success to being compassionate and a good listener, Mr. Aronson 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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