Samford University pharmacy professor Kim W. Benner, Pharm.D., has been named a Fellow of the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group.

Dr. Benner was among five new Fellows inducted into the elite professional group at the annual PPAG conference in Indianapolis, Ind., on May 3.

Fellows are recognized for distinguished professional accomplishments in pharmacy practice, research and education, as well as service to the pediatric pharmacy profession.

A graduate of Samford's McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Benner is a pediatric clinical specialist at Children's of Alabama in Birmingham, where her work focuses on the critical care unit and provides practical information needed to care for the sickest children. Her research interests and areas of publication include pediatrics, infectious diseases, pharmacy and simulation education.

She shares her scientific knowledge of caring for pediatric patients though presentations at local, state, national and international venues, and in publications that extend to medical literature. She is a longtime participant and presenter at PPAG meetings, and is chair of the PPAG research committee.

Benner is also a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and a Fellow of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists.

"Kim's dedication to pediatric practice is outstanding, and this is a worthy recognition of her accomplishments," McWhorter School of Pharmacy chair of pharmacy practice Dr. Michael Hogue said of Benner's recent FPPAG honor.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.