Dr. Mark Povroznik was recently featured in the online newsletter, The Wright Stuff: New Horizons.

Dr. Mark Povroznik’s goal prior to his college years was to become a surgeon.  His mother encouraged and fostered his passion for medicine. An incurable illness spearheaded his journey from being a surgeon.

Upon receipt of his PharmD degree from West Virginia University School of Pharmacy in 1995, Dr. Povroznik established a pharmacy-based infectious disease service and grew a clinical pharmacy program at United Hospital Center (UHC).

In his current role in the Quality Department, Dr. Povroznik works to improve performance, patient safety, infection control, care and data management, and clinical pharmacy. His philosophy is not about being right; it is about trying to solve the puzzle, and if you put a lot of thought into it, you often are right.

Dr. Povroznik also shares his knowledge and love of teaching, currently as adjunct faculty to the Department of Family Medicine residency program at UHC.

He has earned numerous awards for his work in each stage of his career, including the Mylan Excellence in Pharmacy Practice Award, the Merck National Quality Excellence Award, an induction into the Centennial Hall of Fame of the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy and recognition as a “Visionary in Healthcare” by Xenex Corporation. 

Last year Dr. Povroznik traveled to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to speak before an international audience of his peers concerning the use of UV-light systems to eliminate potentially harmful bacteria and viruses. He also followed that with a similar presentation to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia. His efforts have helped UHC to take the lead with UV-light disinfection.

This year marks his 25th anniversary with UHC.