Each year, The FPM (Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine) Fellows are invited to nominate exceptional individuals for Honorary Fellowship. According to the FPM’s website, Honorary Fellowship is the highest honor FPM can bestow, it recognizes the recipient’s eminence within their own field and their outstanding contribution to pharmaceutical medicine.
On the recommendation of the Fellowship and Awards Committee, the Board of Trustees, may bestow Honorary Fellowship on persons of eminence who may or may not be members of FPM, and who have made exceptional contributions in the fields of research, teaching or the practice of pharmaceutical medicine, or medical or general science, or society. Such honours are strictly limited.
On November 13, 2019 during the FPM’s Annual Awards Ceremony, held at the Royal College of Physicians, London, Dr. Honorio Silva, IFAPP Academy President was awarded with the prestigious FPM Honorary Fellowship FFPM(Hon).
The below citation was delivered by Professor Peter Stonier FRCP FFPM for Honorary Fellowship of Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of UK.
“Professor Honorio Silva is president of the IFAPP Academy and immediate past president of IFAPP. IFAPP is the international umbrella organisation for pharmaceutical medicine, coming to its 45th anniversary next year.
After graduating in medicine at University of Buenos Aires Honorio Silva had postgraduate training in clinical pharmacology and internal medicine and conducted his clinical practice in these disciplines in his home country of Venezuela becoming assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology Central University of Venezuela in Caracas.
However, it was in joining Pfizer in 1978 that Honorio’s professional and international career really took off. His early work focused on emerging countries in fostering a clinical research infrastructure and key projects together with medical education initiatives. This important and much needed effort soon took him beyond his day job, and into the world of academia and professional organisations. Here he gained national attention and with it many national awards for his achievements in clinical research, the development of new medicines and in medical education.
His international industry career also developed as Vice President Medical and Regulatory Affairs for Japan, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Honorio completed 30 years with Pfizer as Vice President Science and Medical Professional Development, with the global External medical affairs group.
Honorio’s career has been immersed in the international development and recognition of medicines development sciences and pharmaceutical medicine, and more recently through IFAPP in creating standards for certification in order to consolidate the discipline and profession.
None of this comes without considerable personal abilities and skills in teamwork and collaboration, building global cross functional teams, developing effective managerial and technical processes and analysing complex business and technical issues to achieve state of the art deliverables and solutions. Not to mention the dedication, energy and drive for his burning ambition – to Get The Job Done!
These qualities and attributes have not been lost on the Faculty with whom Honorio has been increasingly connected. The Faculty would like to cement this friendship and to ensure that Honorio’s important work in pharmaceutical medicine and professional development is conducted well within the tent rather than outside of it. For this reason Mr President, members and guests of the Faculty, in recognition of all his many accomplishments and a continuing expectation for more to come, I am delighted to present Prof Honorio Silva for Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine.Professor Peter Stonier FRCP FFPM