75 hospital and health system chief pharmacy officers to know | 2024

Becker's is delighted to honor 75 hospital and health system chief pharmacy officers.

Chief pharmacy officers provide systemwide oversight of medication management and drug supply, which in turn creates a safer patient experience. These executives are also responsible for leading cost-effective pharmacy strategy, implementing impactful pharmacy policies, driving automation and technology initiatives, and educating the next generation of pharmacy leaders.

Note: This list is not exhaustive, nor is it an endorsement of included leaders, organizations or associated healthcare providers. Leaders cannot pay for inclusion on this list. Leaders are listed in alphabetical order.

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Jon Albrecht. Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer at Methodist Health System (Dallas). Mr. Albrecht has served as vice president and chief pharmacy officer for Methodist since 2018, and has served as a professor of pharmacy at the University of Texas at Austin and Tech Tech University in Lubbock. He has more than 15 years of pharmacy leadership experience, having served in management positions since 1985. In his current role, Mr. Albrecht is responsible for 13 hospitals, two retail pharmacies and approximately 30 clinics. 

William Allen, PharmD. System Vice President of Pharmacy Services at Norton Healthcare (Louisville, Ky.). Dr. Allen has been with Norton Healthcare for over 25 years, becoming system vice president of pharmacy in 2020. From 2006 to 2020, he served as associate vice president of pharmacy services. He first joined the system in 1999. Norton Healthcare has its own pharmacy services department and a pharmacy residency program. 

Lindsey Amerine, PharmD. Chief Pharmacy Officer of Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Amerine is the newly-appointed chief pharmacy officer for Cleveland Clinic, set to begin her position on February 26, 2024. Dr. Amerne comes to the system from Chapel Hill, N.C.-based UNC Health, where she most recently served as interim CPO and system executive of pharmacy. In her role at Cleveland Clinic, she will lead a team of over 1,500 pharmacy professionals. In the upcoming months, her biggest undertaking will be to enhance automation and technology in the pharmaceutical branch. Dr. Amerine is a prolific publisher, with over 50 peer-reviewed articles across multiple journals. She presents both in the U.S. and internationally on pharmacy practice topics with the aim of improving the industry's standard of care. Dr. Amerine has received recognition by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists in the form of Best Practice, Excellence in Medication Safety, and Association of Community Cancer Centers Innovator awards.

Eric Arlia. Vice President of Pharmacy Services at Hartford (Conn.) HealthCare. Mr. Arlia became Hartford HealthCare's vice president of pharmacy services in 2021. He aims to grow the pharmacy service line and formulate further opportunities to care for patients. He and his team focus on medication management and are deeply committed to safety and quality. Mr. Arlia has worked within the system for over 18 years in various pharmacy positions of increasing responsibility. He joined the system from Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.

Krist Azizian, PharmD. Chief Pharmacy Officer for Keck Medicine of USC (Los Angeles). In June 2023, Dr. Azizian became Keck Medicine of USC's chief pharmacy officer, a role that entails the management of systemwide pharmacy operations. He also serves as chief pharmacy officer for Keck Medical Center of USC and executive director of health systems for the USC Alfred E. Mann School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Throughout his tenure at Keck Medicine, he has launched pharmacy quality initiatives and grown pharmacy services across the system, with a particular focus on the expansion of oncology services. Before coming to Keck Medicine, Dr. Azizian was director of pharmacy services at Providence Tarzana (Calif.) Medical Center.

Sara Badaglialacqua, PharmD. Director of Pharmacy at Steward Health Care (Dallas). Dr. Badaglialacqua has more than 15 years of pharmacy experience across multiple care settings, including in retail and hospital pharmacies. In her current role, she leads pharmacy services across the entirety of the Steward Health Care system to improve patient outcomes via the advancement of pharmacy practices and patient care. 

Elie Bahou, PharmD. Chief Pharmacy Officer at Providence (Renton, Wash.). Dr. Bahou brings pharmaceutical and business expertise to his work as chief pharmacy officer at Providence. In his current position, Dr. Bahou oversees the pharmaceutical strategy, governance and operational pharmacy services for the system. He leads over 2,100 employees in Providence's mission to deliver excellent patient care. Dr. Bahou is the former senior vice president of OptumRX and vice president of managed care, payer contracting and strategic business development for Cardinal Healthcare, where he provided strategic insights and leadership for the system's 5,600 pharmacies. 

Jennifer Bair, PharmD. Vice President of Pharmacy Services and Chief Pharmacy Officer at Prisma Health (Greenville, S.C.). Since 2022, Dr. Bair has served as Prisma Health's vice president of pharmacy services and chief pharmacy officer. She is charged with strategic oversight for systemwide pharmacy operations, with the ultimate goal of coordinating and streamlining pharmacy services across 14 facilities. Dr. Bair is also helping to grow the system's ambulatory services in order to enhance patient outcomes.

Randy Ball. Vice President of Pharmacy and System Pharmacy Officer at Texas Health Resources (Arlington, Texas). Mr. Ball serves Texas Health Resources as vice president of pharmacy and system pharmacy officer. He oversees all pharmacy initiatives and plays a key role in the distribution of vaccines, including the Covid-19 vaccine. He also supports the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy by offering administrative management rotation opportunities to the pharmacy students.

Becky Bean, PharmD. Chief Pharmacy Officer at Novant Health (Winston-Salem, N.C.). Dr. Bean was appointed to her current role as chief pharmacy officer in 2019 and led the health system's vaccination efforts throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. She is responsible for identifying medication needs, understanding barriers to access for medications and designing a care model that supports prescribing patients the medication most likely to improve their health. She pioneered the health system's SafeMed program, which reduces the number of patients returning to the hospital due to incorrect medication use. 

Wayne Bohenek, PharmD. Chief Officer of Ancillary Services at Bon Secours Mercy Health (Cincinnati). Dr. Bohenek has served as Bon Secours' chief officer of ancillary services since 2018. He joined the system from Catholic Health Partners, where he spent 16 years as vice president of clinical support services. He was also an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy during that time. In October 2023, he was named to the Advisory Panel of Pharmacists in C-Suites initiative by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, which is made up of pharmacists holding executive-level positions, all of whom are key influencers in their workplaces and in the pharmacy space. In this role, Dr. Bohenek will mentor future leaders, create pathways to leadership in healthcare and help develop pharmacists in executive roles.

Ann Byre, PharmD. Vice President of Pharmacy Services at Allina Health (Minneapolis). Dr. Byre is vice president of pharmacy services for Allina Health, where she leads systemwide pharmacy strategy for the large system. She joined Allina Health in 2009, before which she held various pharmacy leadership roles at Target. Dr. Byre is a past-president of Minnesota Pharmacist Association and still serves as a board member. She is on the South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy’s Dean’s Advisory Council and is an adjunct assistant professor at the university as well. 

Madeline Camejo, PharmD. Chief Pharmacy Officer and Vice President of Pharmacy Services at Baptist Health South Florida (Coral Gables). Dr. Camejo applies over 25 years of experience in clinical pharmacy, administration, healthcare finances and health IT to her current role as chief pharmacy officer and vice president of pharmacy services. She took on the vice president role upon joining Baptist Health South Florida in 2018. In her, the system gained an innovative leader with the ability to navigate the healthcare landscape in a way that effectively drives pharmacy services. As chief pharmacy officer, she strategically creates and implements pharmacy programs that support system growth. Under her guidance, the system has become the first in the nation to staff clinical wellness pharmacists to improve healthcare communications between providers and patients. 

Will Carroll, PharmD. Chief Pharmacy Officer and Network Vice President of Pharmacy at Hackensack Meridian Health (Edison, N.J.). As chief pharmacy officer, Dr. Carroll is responsible for leading strategy and policy development for the network-wide pharmacy to drive cohesiveness, standardization and consistency. Dr. Carroll guides overall strategy and vision for the division, leading the review and development of pharmacy policy and procedure, spearheading regulatory compliance and accreditation, and handling community and industry relations. He also serves as a clinical assistant professor of neurology at the Hackensack Meridian Medical School in Nutley, N.J.

Desi Kotis, PharmD. Chief Pharmacy Executive at UCSF Health (San Francisco). In her role, Dr. Kotis oversees an annual budget of more than $420 million and the pharmacy services for hundreds of thousands of patients. She also serves as an associate dean of the UCSF pharmacy program, training the next generation of pharmacists. She wears a variety of hats in her leadership role, where she streamlines and improves pharmaceutical services for hospitals, including UCSF Medical Center, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and affiliate organizations. 

Kelley Curtis, PharmD. Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer at St. Luke's Health System (Boise, Idaho). Dr. Curtis has been with St. Luke's since 2017, joining as chief pharmacy officer. Previously, she served as vice president of the population health pharmacy program at Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph, Mo. She specializes in driving and supporting continual growth, reducing costs and delivering safe, patient-oriented pharmaceutical care. She has experience managing budgets of over $300 million. She has also led St. Luke's in lobbying for healthcare legislation, implementing post-merger pharmacy EHR and upgrading pharmacy technologies, all while maintaining high levels of service and regulatory compliance. 

Charles Daniels, PhD. Chief Pharmacy Officer at UC San Diego Health. Dr. Daniels is chief pharmacy officer for UC San Diego Health, where he manages all pharmacy services across the system. He is responsible for the oversight of inpatient, clinic, ambulatory, specialty medication, and home and infusion IV services. He is deeply involved in the creation of pharmacy transitions of care programs. He is also the associate dean of professional practice at the UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He assumed both roles in 2004 after serving as chief of pharmacy for Bethesda, Md.-based NIH Clinical Center for nine years. He is interested in pharmacoeconomic benchmarking's impact on quality improvement and cost reduction, as well as technology's influence on safety in the medication process.

Nilesh Desai. Chief Pharmacy Officer at Baptist Health (Louisville, Ky.). In March 2020, Mr. Desai became Baptist Health's inaugural chief pharmacy officer. He leads the eight-hospital system's pharmacy operations and retail pharmacies. Previously, he held several leadership roles at Edison, N.J.-based Hackensack Meridian Health, including administrator of pharmacy and clinical operations. He also supported the education of upcoming pharmacists via a program preceptorship for the pharmacy residency program and a clinical adjunct professor position with the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and Massachusetts School of Pharmacy. His roles have allowed him to master technology integration, training, medication management and more. 

Katherine DeSanctis, PharmD. Director of Pharmacy Operations at Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston). Dr. DeSanctis is responsible for safe and efficient pharmacy operations for inpatient care areas, procedural areas and clinics across Mass General. She leads and oversees the pharmacy team, working in central distribution, compounding and perioperative pharmacies. She specializes in pharmacy automation and technology, medication safety, pharmacist and technician advancement and leadership development. She is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Massachusetts Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the Vizient Pharmacy Council. 

Jess de Jesus, PharmD. President of Pharmacy and Chief Pharmacy Officer at Beth Israel Lahey Health (Cambridge, Mass.). In his role, Dr. de Jesus  leads the strategy, clinical, and business operations of Beth Israel Lahey Health’s pharmacy services, including 14 hospital pharmacy departments and the pharmacy corporation. He not only directs the advancement of system pharmacy services, but also the collaboration and alignment of the pharmacy to support the health system mission to provide extraordinary patient care. Under his leadership, the health system is establishing and expanding pharmacy services into home infusion,  pharmacy benefit managers, central distribution, and the 340B drug pricing program.

Danielle DiBari, PharmD. Senior Vice President of Business Operations and Chief Pharmacy Officer at NYC Health + Hospitals (New York City). Dr. DiBari is responsible for unifying and coordinating the business operations, pharmacy and supply chain pillars at NYC Health + Hospitals. She reports directly to the system's CEO. She joined the system in 2019 after serving as senior vice president of clinical operations and chief of staff for the Mount Sinai Health System from 2015 to 2019. She also held corporate management roles at Northwell Health and CVS/Caremark. Her expertise includes strategic planning, business unit development, project and product management, marketing and branding ,customer service, system strategies, training and development program management and delivery, and the management of multi-functional work teams. She is skilled at identifying an organization's critical business requirements, pinpointing gaps and opportunities, and creating innovative and cost-effective solutions to increase competitiveness, grow revenue and improve customer offerings. 

Jordan Dow, PharmD. Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer at Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee). Dr. Dow became vice president and chief pharmacy officer at Froedtert in July 2022. He accepted the role after spending six years as regional pharmacy director for Mayo Clinic in Eau Claire (Wis.), where he oversaw five community hospitals. His current position marks a return to Froedtert, as his first post-graduation leadership position was clinical pharmacy manager at Froedtert Hospital. He went on to serve as manager of medication utilization and then director of the center for medication utilization and finance at Froedtert Health before assuming his role at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Dow is a member of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists.

Carrie Dunford, PharmD. Chief Pharmacy Officer and Vice President of Clinical Services at Intermountain Health (Salt Lake City). Dr. Dunford has served Intermountain Health since April 1999, when she began working as a clinical pharmacist. Since then, she has held various pharmacy leadership positions at the system, becoming chief pharmacy officer in November 2021 and assuming the additional role of vice president of clinical services in May 2023. One of her main priorities is providing patients with high-quality care for affordable prices. 

Patrice Dupart, PharmD. Vice President of Pharmacy and Apothecary-in-Chief at New York-Presbyterian (New York City). Dr. Dupart has demonstrated excellence in pharmaceutical care at New-York Presbyterian since 2018. She leads 10 hospitals containing 4,100 inpatient beds, in addition to ambulatory clinics. She leads over 1,000 pharmaceutical employees in pursuit of the highest level of patient safety and care. In her role as vice president of pharmacy and apothecary-in-chief, Dr. Dupart strives to meet the system's goals by advancing innovative and patient-centered clinical care, servicing the needs of the community, educating the next generation of healthcare professionals and developing groundbreaking research.

Michael Evans. Vice President of Enterprise Pharmacy and Chief Pharmacy Officer for Geisinger (Danville, Pa.). Mr. Evans leads strategy and administration for Geisinger's enterprise pharmacy service. Under his leadership, the integrated care delivery system implements a collaborative pharmacy practice model for acute and chronic disease management, allowing patients to benefit from multidisciplinary care. Mr. Evans' accomplishments include a restructure of system pharmacy entities for more patient-centric care, a provider-system partnership that resulted in increased affordability for patients, and operational enhancements that led to cost savings for the system. 

Steve Fijalka, PharmD. Chief Pharmacy Officer for UW Medicine (Seattle). Dr. Fijalka, UW Medicine's chief pharmacy officer, is an expert in health system pharmacy, medication safety, and pharmacy practice and research. He is deeply involved in the system's distribution of medication and vaccines, most notably heading the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine during the pandemic. Along with leading the system's pharmacy services, he is the associate dean of the UW School of Pharmacy and an affiliate associate professor in the department of pharmacy. 

Russ Funk, PharmD. CEO of Pharmacy Services at Banner Health (Phoenix, Ariz.). Dr. Funk has served as CEO of pharmacy services at Banner Health since 2018, joining the system from BD/CareFusion where he led 25 sales specialists and 26 support and technical specialists covering more than 10,000 products in over 110 hospitals. He specializes in healthcare strategy, sales and business development activities. He has experience increasing revenue growth, improving operational efficiency and market share. He has achieved $22 million in sales by aligning individual hospital needs in a 23-hospital system, and generated $4.5 million in revenue from a new market by expanding the functionality of the pharmacy information system to include MediRec. 

Tom Greenlee, PharmD. Senior Director of Pharmacy Services at University of Missouri Health Care (Columbia, Miss.). Dr. Greenlee has more than 20 years of experience as a pharmacist and joined University of Missouri Health Care in 2018 as an outpatient pharmacy supervisor. In his more than five years with the health system, he has risen through the ranks to lead its pharmacy services. Under his leadership, the system's pharmacy service line has seen increased employee engagement and consistent delivery of exceptional customer and patient service.

Amy Gutierrez, PharmD. Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer at UCHealth (Denver). Dr. Gutierrez is the vice president and chief pharmacy officer for UCHealth, overseeing pharmacy practice, strategy and policy across the system. She leads strategies to improve medication access and outcomes, and leverages the value of pharmacists to drive improved health outcomes. Previously, she served as the senior vice president and chief pharmacy officer for Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente’s national pharmacy program. She has also served as the chief pharmacy officer for the Los Angeles County Department of
Health Services. She is a clinical associate professor at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and an adjunct assistant professor of clinical pharmacy at the USC School of Pharmacy in Los Angeles and Chapman University’s School of Pharmacy in Irvine, Calif.

Curtis Haas, PharmD. Chief Pharmacy Officer at University of Rochester (N.Y.) Medical Center. Dr. Haas joined University of Rochester Medical Center in 2006 as its director of pharmacy. In July 2018, he assumed the role of chief pharmacy officer. He has developed expertise in critical care pharmacy and has taught, practiced, researched, published and presented on critical care therapeutics. For over 25 years, he has helped train and educate pharmacy students, residents and fellows. He has served two three-year terms as a board member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and is a past-president of the organization. 

Andre Harvin, PharmD. Chief Pharmacy Officer for Cone Health (Greensboro, N.C.). As chief pharmacy officer for Cone health, Dr. Harvin leads the team in ensuring the safety and efficacy of medications. He plays a major role in the establishment and growth of Cone Health’s direct to consumer pharmacy business through the establishment of Cone Health Community Pharmacy locations. He has been heavily involved in how the system uses technology to better meet the needs of health care consumers. Dr. Harvin joined Cone Health in 2019 as a director of pharmacy for oncology services, was promoted to executive director of pharmacy oncology in late 2021, and was tapped as chief pharmacy officer in June 2023. 

Chad Hatfield, PharmD. Chief Pharmacy Officer at UC Davis Health (Sacramento, Calif.). As chief pharmacy officer for UC Davis Health, Dr. Hatfield oversees 13 pharmacies, acute and ambulatory clinical services, 39 pharmacy residents and 500 support staff. He stepped into the role in August 2018, along with his concurrent role as assistant dean of the UCSF School of Pharmacy in San Francisco. He is board certified in pharmacotherapy and has served in formal leadership roles since 2009.

Vincent E. Jackson, PharmD. Chief Pharmacy Officer at Advocate Health (Charlotte, N.C.). Dr. Jackson has served as the chief pharmacy officer at Advocate Health since 2023, a continuation of his position as CPO of Advocate-Aurora Health in 2021. Before serving in his current role, he was the vice president of pharmacy service group at HealthTrust Performance Group as well as working for Marriottsville, Md.-based Bon Secours as its vice president of pharmacy and clinical services. He has over 25 years of leadership experience in the pharmaceuticals field, and now leads pharmacy operations for a 67-hospital strong health system with over 5,000 pharmacy employees. As CPO at Advocate, he boasts an 89% satisfaction rate among patients who used pharmacy services. As Advocate's pharmacy leader, Dr. Jackson oversees the effective collaboration between the pharmacies within the system, as well as proper communication between medical, supply chain, and finance staff.

Tim Jennings, PharmD. Senior Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer at Sentara Health (Hampton Roads, Va.). Dr. Jennings has spent more than 25 years in various leadership roles with Sentara Health, where he started as the director of the health system's clinical pharmacy programs in 1996. He previously served as a clinical pharmacy specialist for the Veterans Administration, culminating in a pharmacy career spanning three decades. 

Trisha Jordan, PharmD. Chief Pharmacy Officer for Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (Columbus). As chief pharmacy officer, Dr. Jordan directs all enterprise pharmacy services. Her primary goal is to utilize education, innovation and research in support of patient-centric care delivery. Dr. Jordan's work and research are helping to shape transformative pharmacy practice models that improve safety, quality and cost in medication use. She also serves as director for the Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency Program at the medical center and assistant dean for medical center affairs at the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy.

Todd Karpinski, PharmD. System Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer of WVU Medicine (Morgantown, W.Va.). Dr. Karpinski took on the chief pharmacy officer position at WVU Medicine in 2019, assuming responsibility for strategic planning, development and operations for pharmacy services across the system. Along with operations management, data analytics and procurement, he pinpoints and pursues avenues for business development and clinical services as they relate to pharmacy. Dr. Karpinski's predominant concern is upholding the provision of efficient, value-based care. Prior to joining WVU Medicine, he spent 10 years serving as chief pharmacy officer and associate dean for health system practice at Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

Nishaminy Kasbekar, PharmD. Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer for Penn Medicine (Philadelphia). Dr. Kasbekar began her career as a clinical specialist in infectious diseases at Penn Presbyterian before eventually becoming director of pharmacy, system director of pharmacy and chief pharmacy officer. In September 2023, she was promoted to vice president and chief pharmacy officer for the system. She has practiced in various pharmaceutical roles and contributed to a number of professional publications. She is also active president of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and past president of several other professional societies. She is passionate about advancing pharmacy through daily interactions with providers, pharmacists and students.

Stan Kent. Chief Pharmacy Officer at the University of Michigan Health (Ann Arbor). Mr. Kent is responsible for overseeing all pharmacy services at the University of Michigan Health. He also serves on several committees related to the administration of the college and clinical services at the health system. He specializes in leadership and management, professional practice, pharmacy operations and process improvement. In 2008, he earned Illinois' Pharmacist of the Year award and has published several professional journal articles over the last decade. 

Mary Beth Lang, PharmD. Chief Pharmacy Officer at Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, Calif.). Dr. Lang leads the Kaiser Permanente pharmacy division in her role as chief pharmacy officer. Kaiser serves 12.6 million members, and its pharmacy branch dispenses over 100 million prescriptions on a yearly basis to serve that population. Before being appointed to her current position as CPO, Dr. Lang served as chief supply chain and procurement officer at Kaiser. In her current role, Dr. Lang is consistently successful in developing digital, clinically-integrated pharmacy sources that have a customer-centric, easy-to-use interface. As CPO, she is responsible for delivering care to member organizations via inpatient, outpatient, ambulatory, home infusion and oncology service lines across over 40 hospitals, as well as mail order prescriptions, specialty pharmacies, and member call centers. 

Bonnie Levin, PharmD. Vice President of Pharmacy Services at MedStar Health (Columbia, Md.). In her nearly 20 years with MedStar Health, Dr. Levin has served in multiple leadership roles for the pharmacy division. In her current role as vice president of pharmacy services, she leads the pharmacy enterprise across MedStar’s 10 hospitals, 10 outpatient pharmacies, and ambulatory practices. She has also held multiple executive positions within the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, which represents more than 60,000 pharmacists nationwide. 

Timothy Lise, PharmD. Executive Director of Pharmacy Services at Atlantic Health System (Morristown, N.J.). Dr. Lise became Atlantic Health System's executive director of pharmacy services in November 2020, after nearly three years of serving as the system's manager of clinical pharmacy services. Prior to that, he worked in the pharmacy department at Overlook Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, for almost six years. Currently, his scope of work comprises oversight of pharmacy services at five acute care hospitals and an ambulatory practice, as well as strategic pharmacy planning. 

Don Mabe. Chief Pharmacy Officer at Atrium Health (Charlotte, N.C.). Mr. Mabe serves as Atrium's chief pharmacy officer, where he focuses on providing strong leadership for his pharmacy team. He is a lifelong learner in the pharmacy field, continually expanding his knowledge and understanding of hospital pharmacy, specialty pharmacy and more. He also aims to broaden his understanding of the entire healthcare system, not just pharmacy. He is passionate about creating a clear vision for Atrium's pharmacy line and providing direction for the system's future. 

Brian Marden, PharmD. Chief Pharmacy Officer at MaineHealth (Portland). Dr. Marden has served as chief pharmacy officer for MaineHealth for the past seven years. In this role, he oversees patient care delivery and offers administrative leadership for systemwide pharmacy services. He is integral to the creation and application of policies that support medication quality and safety. He ensures regulation compliance, collaborates with the system's ACO to manage pharmacy spend, oversees patient therapeutic drug use and more. Prior to assuming his current role, Dr. Marden was senior director of pharmacy at Maine Medical Center, the flagship of MaineHealth.

Susan Mashni, PharmD. Senior Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer at Mount Sinai Health System (New York City). Dr. Mashni has served as Mount Sinai's chief pharmacy officer since 2018. She is also an associate professor at the Icahn School of Medicine. In her role, she oversees pharmacy practice at the seven Mount Sinai hospitals, as well as retail, clinic and specialty pharmacies at Mount Sinai. Prior to the role, Dr. Mashni served as chief pharmacy officer at Mercy Health in Cincinnati, overseeing 23 hospitals and 25 retail pharmacies. In her role at Mercy, she saved the system over $50 million dollars in formulary cost savings, and standardized over 400 order sets for use across Mercy Health. She also serves on several national advisory boards, including Wolters Kluewer and Epic Pharmacy advisory boards and is on the board of the St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy in Cincinnati.

Melanie Massiah-White. Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer at Inova (Falls Church, Va.). Ms. Massiah-White serves as Inova's vice president and chief pharmacy officer, where she oversees inpatient and ambulatory pharmacy services, along with clinical nutrition. The pharmacy department comprises 450 team members, including expert pharmacy technicians, pharmacists, clinical pharmacists and support staff that span five hospitals, ambulatory sites, retail locations and a specialty pharmacy. Education and research is supported through seven residency programs and various partnerships with pharmacy schools. Ms. Massiah-White leads the department in providing clinical support and consultation services for patients. 

Jason McCarthy, PharmD. Chief Pharmacy Officer at Corewell Health (Grand Rapids, Mich.). Dr. McCarthy was named Corewell's chief pharmacy officer in May 2023, joining the system from Minnetonka, Minn.-based United Health Group’s Optum Rx home infusion division, where he served as senior vice president and COO since 2021. There, he oversaw all operations across a national pharmacy footprint for the home infusion division, including pharmacy operations, nursing, revenue cycle, patient services and clinical programs. He has also held leadership roles with Renton, Wash.-based Genoa Healthcare and Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente Health Plan. In his new role at Corewell, Dr. McCarthy is responsible for aligning pharmacy operations across the system with the goal of greater efficiencies and improved services.

Karen McConnell, PharmD. System Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer at CommonSpirit Health (Chicago). Dr. McConnell is a pharmacy leader with over 20 years of experience in the field. She currently serves as system vice president and chief pharmacy officer at CommonSpirit Health, a role she has held since May 2021. Before being promoted to her current office, she served as the system director for clinical pharmacy and contracting services for the system. In the years prior to her time at CommonSpirit, she worked as the system director for clinical pharmacy services at Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives, where she remained for two years. In her current role, she is responsible for leading pharmacy operations, clinical and revenue services for the entire health system, spanning over 1,000 care sites and 140 hospitals in 23 states. Dr. McConnell dedicates a large portion of her time to interacting with pharmacists and health leaders within her system, where she champions the importance of pharmaceutical employees. 

LeeAnn Miller, PharmD. Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer at Yale New Haven (Conn.) Health. Dr. Miller has grown within the Yale New Haven system since 2000, and has served in her current role for more than four years. Dr. Miller is responsible for more than 900 employees across five hospitals. In her more than 20 years with the health system, her leadership has improved supply management systems, furthered collaborative relationships with physician and nurse leaders, and developed various teams. 

Lisa Mulloy. Chief Pharmacy Officer at Northwell Health (New Hyde Park, N.Y.). Ms. Mulloy has served Northwell Health in the pharmacy branch since 2019, when she joined the system as assistant vice president of pharmacy operations. In 2022, she was promoted to chief pharmacy officer, where she directs ambulatory and hospital pharmacy operations across the system. Ms. Mulloy played a vital role in successfully rolling out Northwell's Covid-19 and monkeypox vaccination efforts. She also represents pharmaceutical interests in interactions with clinical leadership, making sure that healthy collaboration is a priority for the system. She is integral in maintaining the safe operation of the system's 23 hospitals and 700 outpatient facilities. 

Shawn Myers. Vice President of Pharmacy and Ancillary Clinical Services at Encompass Health (Birmingham, Ala.). Mr. Myers became Encompass Health's vice president of pharmacy and ancillary clinical services in 2022. His primary focus is propelling the pharmacy and respiratory therapy practices forward for the system. To do so, he works collaboratively with the home office team, as well as regional and hospital leaders. Before his promotion to his current role, he served as the organization's national director of pharmacy operations since 2016. Mr. Myers is part of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and chairs the pharmacy subcommittee for the Federation of American Hospitals.

Todd Nesbit, PharmD. Chief Pharmacy Officer at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Vice President of Pharmacy at the Johns Hopkins Health System (Baltimore). Dr. Nesbit manages the strategic planning and implementation of pharmacy services across the Johns Hopkins sites of care and oversees the establishment of facility policies, procedures and standardization systemwide. In his more than 20 years with the health system, he backed the development and implementation of clinical pharmacy programs and services as well as provided oversight of services and teams across the full continuum of the pharmacy department.

Elizabeth Oyekan, PharmD. Chief Pharmacy Officer at Stanford (Calif.) Health Care and Stanford Health Care Tri-Valley. Dr. Oyekan is chief pharmacy officer for both Stanford Health Care and Stanford Health Care Tri-Valley. She is a faculty member at Stanford Medicine's Institute of Healthcare Improvement. She joined Stanford Health Care in 2022. Dr. Oyekan has also held executive positions at Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente, including regional vice president of operations and quality, national quality leader for pharmacy, director of pharmacy, administrator for surgical and perioperative services and population health management. 

Niyati Parikh, PharmD. Director of Pharmacy Operations at Northside Hospital System (Atlanta). Dr. Parikh has served Northside for more than 12 years. In her time with the health system, she has served in a variety of leadership positions, including manager of pharmacy operations. She has experience in a variety of care settings, including hospitals, outpatient sites of care and retail pharmacies. Dr. Parikh's dynamic leadership ensures the health system's pharmacy strategy exceeds patient expectations and surpasses strategic goals. 

Binita Patel, PharmD. Vice President of Pharmacy Services at Memorial Hermann Health System (Houston, Texas). Dr. Patel has served as vice president of pharmacy services at Memorial Hermann since 2019, joining the system from AmerisourceBergen where she served as a managing director. She also served as director of ambulatory care and retail pharmacy at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. Dr. Patel specializes in healthcare management and was named a TMC Healthcare Hero by the Houston-based Texas Medical Center in 2021. She was also dubbed a "woman who means business" by the Houston Business Journal. 

Robert Pellechio. Senior Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer at RWJBarnabas Health (West Orange, N.J.). Mr. Pellechio was named senior vice president and chief pharmacy officer of RWJBarnabas in 2022. Previously, he served as vice president of Barnabas Health for 20 years. In his current role, he provides strategic leadership for the 25 divisions within the system’s pharmacy enterprise. He has more than 35 years of experience in healthcare, hospital administration, supply chain and pharmacy. Mr. Pellechio also has oversight over the system's 340B functions as well as pharmaceutical contracting, which includes purchases of over $450 million in products and supplies. He is passionate about helping underrepresented communities gain access to affordable medications.

Gary Robb. Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer of UnityPoint Health (Des Moines, Iowa). Mr. Robb has served as vice president and chief pharmacy officer for UnityPoint Health since early 2017. His primary aim is providing patients with the life-altering medications that they need. Prior to accepting this role, he was director of pharmacy services for Madison, Wis.-based UnityPoint Health–Meriter for nearly two years. Mr. Robb has 37 years of pharmacy experience, having begun his career as a staff pharmacist in 1987.

Wafa Samara, PharmD. Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer at City of Hope (Duarte, Calif.). Dr. Samara is City of Hope vice president and chief pharmacy officer, a role she has held since June 2020. Beforehand, she was chief of pharmacy service for the NIH. She has also served as chief of pharmacy for VA Central California Health Care System in Fresno, Calif. She is passionate about using pharmacy to address health disparities and improve diversity, equity and inclusion across the care continuum.

Rita Shane, PharmD. Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer for Cedars-Sinai Health System (Los Angeles). Dr. Shane first joined Cedars-Sinai in 1978 and has risen through the ranks to lead the department. Her accomplishments include co-authoring legislation that has been passed into law surrounding the safe delivery of prescription medications and winning the the Institute for Safe Medication Practices' a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019, which is the group's highest honor. Her research has improved pharmacy practice and has led to reduced medication errors by emergency department pharmacists.

David Silverman, PharmD. Chief Pharmacy Officer at Prime Healthcare (Ontario, Calif.). In his role as chief pharmacy officer, Dr. Silverman is responsible for 45 hospitals in 14 states. He oversees more than 1,000 pharmacists and technicians, a 14-member corporate team, and an annual budget of over $200 million. He leads the health system's pharmacy strategic revenue cycle and under his leadership, Prime Healthcare has optimized its pharmacy strategy and expanded the health system's retail pharmacy footprint.

Justin Simon, PharmD. System Director of Pharmacy at Christus Health (Irving, Texas). Mr. Simon has served as Christus Health's system pharmacy director since 2020, originally joining the system as corporate director of pharmacy in 2019. Before that, he spent five years at Florida Hospital, which is now Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based AdventHealth, and eight years at CVS Health, where he worked as a pharmacy intern and pharmacist. Mr. Simon specializes in community and team building in the workplace. He is also trained in vaccine administration. 

Debbie Simonson, PharmD. Vice President of Pharmacy Services and Chief Pharmacy Officer at Ochsner Health (New Orleans). Dr. Simonson is responsible for the strategic vision, long term planning, direction and overall pharmacy services across the Ochsner Health system. She joined Ochsner in 1981 and has built the pharmacy program to include clinical services, education, research, retail services, specialty pharmacy, population management, transitions of care, informatics, regulatory compliance, medication safety, logistics and digital medicine support. She serves as a member of the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy and was named one of New Orleans City Business' Women of the Year in 2015.

Jenny Smith, PharmD. Vice President of Pharmacy Services at BJC HealthCare (St. Louis). Dr. Smith has played an integral role in pharmacy management at BJC since 2011, when she first became the manager of clinical services at the health system's flagship hospital. In her role, Dr. Smith has contributed to multiple research projects and publications. She leads BJC's pharmacy strategy and has more than 25 years of clinical experience. 

Frank Sosnowski. Senior Director of Pharmacy Services at Montefiore Health System (New York City). Dr. Sosnowski is responsible for the overall planning, organizing, directing and implementing of pharmaceutical care services for Montefiore's acute care hospital divisions and ambulatory pharmacy services. He leads multiple of the health system's boards, including the  Board of the Home Health Agency and the contract management company. He also manages the pharmacy operations of the health system's ambulatory oncology and its specialty pharmacy.

Kim Spencer, PharmD. Chief Pharmacy Officer at SSM Health (St. Louis, Mo.). Dr. Spencer has served as SSM's chief pharmacy officer since 2023, serving as system vice president of pharmacy services from 2021 to 2023. Previously, she served as vice president of pharmacy operations at Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Aurora Health from 2018 to 2021. She has experience managing clinical and operational aspects of pharmacy, managing inpatient, outpatient and 340B pharmacy programs, and leading an accredited residency program. 

Buck Stanford, PharmD. Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer at IU Health (Indianapolis). Dr. Stanford joined IU Health in 2019 as vice president and chief pharmacy officer. Previously, he served as pharmacy operations director for community based care at Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare. In his current role, he is focused on consolidating hospital- and clinic-based pharmacy operations, developing a strong team in partnership with the system's human resources department, creating a five-year strategic plan for pharmacy operations, developing a centralized pharmacy hub for the system, creating internal pharmacy process standards and rolling out a new digital platform pharmacy services platform. Under his leadership, the system's annual revenue in specialty pharmacies is on track to exceed $400 million in 2023, with projections to exceed $1 billion in the next three to four years due to strategic investment of resources and demand. He has over 25 years of experience leading various aspects of healthcare operations, as well as expertise in delivering operational and clinical initiatives to improve quality, efficiency and market share.

Ryan Stice, PharmD. Vice President of Pharmacy at Sutter Health (Sacramento, Calif.). Dr. Stice became Sutter Health's vice president of pharmacy in 2019. He is tasked with implementing the systemwide pharmacy strategic plan, which includes pharmacy clinical services, specialty pharmacy services, centralized logistics, centralized inventory management, pharmacy analytics, 340B drug pricing program, supply chain, operations and information systems support. Dr. Stice created Sutter's post-graduate residency program, which earned national accreditation in 2018. He has also led a team that formulated a pharmacy design standard for the system, allowing it to meet all regulatory requirements for construction projects across the system's 37 pharmacy locations. 

Mark Sullivan, PharmD. Chief Pharmacy Officer at Vanderbilt Health (Nashville, Tenn.). In his role, Dr. Sullivan is responsible for Vanderbilt Health's hospital operations, its retail, specialty and multiple contract pharmacy enterprise, and its corporate pharmacy services. Through his leadership, the health system maintains its high-performing pharmacy workforce. Dr. Sullivan has served in advancing clinical, operations and leadership roles for more than three decades.

Jack Temple, PharmD. Senior Director of Pharmacy at UW Health (Madison, Wis.). Dr. Temple is senior director of pharmacy for UW Health, where he serves as the programmatic and operational leader for pharmacy services across the system. In his 14 years with UW Health, he has held roles of increasing responsibility, beginning with pharmacy manager and working his way up to his current position. Throughout his career, he has built expertise in operations, supply chain, informatics and business. He has published book chapters and journal articles detailing the ways in which automation and technology can enhance dispensing efficiency and safe medication use. 

Cedric Terrell, PharmD. Chief Pharmacy Officer at University of California Health (Oakland, Calif.). Dr. Terrell has served University of California Health as chief pharmacy officer since October 2023. He brings a wealth of experience as a pharmacy executive to the role, having served as chief pharmacy officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and vice president of pharmacy at Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health. In his role at Novant, he was recognized as one of the top 100 executive leaders under 50 by Diversity MBA Media. In his current role at University of California Health, Dr. Terrell is responsible for strategizing with other c-suite executives and running the pharmacy operations at four health centers, six children's hospitals, and 20 health professional schools. 

Jeff Thiel, PharmD. Vice President of Pharmacy at Endeavor Health (Evanston, Ill.). Dr. Thiel handles pharmacy services for Endeavor Health. Before NorthShore–Edward-Elmhurst Health rebranded to Endeavor Health in 2023, he was assistant vice president of pharmacy services at NorthShore University HealthSystem for over eight years. He first joined NorthShore in 2009 as a manager of pharmacy services and took on roles of increasing responsibility throughout his tenure. Dr. Thiel is currently the residency program director for the PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration Residency as well. 

Jennifer Tryon, PharmD. Chief Pharmacy Officer for Henry Ford Health System (Detroit). Dr. Tryon joined Henry Ford Health System as chief pharmacy officer in 2021, following a five-year tenure in the same role at Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Wake Forest Baptist Health. She leads the system's inpatient, outpatient and health plan pharmacy teams. She is also responsible for the strategic direction, integration and evaluation of the integrated network's pharmacy programs. Her role directly impacts the safety and quality of the care patients receive.

Mike Wascovich, PharmD. Chief Pharmacy Officer at Ascension Health (St. Louis). Dr. Wascovich holds the position of chief pharmacy officer alongside his role as vice president of medication management at Ascension Health. Ascension's system comprises 139 hospitals and over 60 pharmacies through 19 states. Dr. Wascovich also serves as a board member at Dispensary of Hope and End Drug Shortage Alliance. His past positions include vice president of field pharmacy services at Premier Inc. and senior director of ambulatory pharmacy at Cleveland Clinic. As CPO at Ascension, Dr. Wascovich oversees business and operational strategy, medication safety and quality, and collaborative partnerships both internal and external.

Cairo Wasfy. Chief Resource Officer, Supply Chain, Purchased Services, Pharmacy and Laboratory at Ardent Health Services (Nashville, Tenn.). Mr. Wasfy leads all matters relating to supply chain, purchased services, pharmacy and laboratory services at Ardent Health Services. He joined Ardent in 2022 after serving as vice president of supply chain, pharmacy and laboratory services for three years via a partnership with HealthTrust Purchasing Group. He has also held the COO of supply chain and pharmacy role for HealthTrust and served in leadership positions for Ascension's Resource Group.

Marva Williams-Lowe, PharmD. Chief Pharmacy Officer for MUSC Health (Charleston, S.C.). Dr. Williams-Lowe was appointed as chief pharmacy officer for MUSC Health in May of 2022, following 29 years at Lebanon, N.H.-based Dartmouth Health. She is responsible for overseeing all pharmacy services for the system. Along with the chief pharmacy officer role, she assumed the associate dean of clinical affairs title at the MUSC College of Pharmacy.

Bryan Yourich, PharmD. Chief Pharmacy Officer at Duke University Health System (Durham, N.C.). Dr. Yourich serves as the chief pharmacy officer for Duke University Health System. He and his team, which comprises leadership, pharmacists, residents, technicians, learners and support staff, work collaboratively to provide patients with outstanding pharmacy services for inpatients, outpatients and research participants. One of his main priorities is ensuring quality enhancement and excellence across the system's nearly 1,700 hospital beds and almost 40 pharmacy locations.

Kenny Yu, PharmD. Senior Director of Pharmacy Services at NYU Langone Health (New York City). Dr. Yu provides executive leadership, builds strategy and coordinates all pharmacy services provided within NYU Langone. He guides the standardization of practices across all of the system's pharmacy sites. He has helped to coordinate all pharmacy initiatives, working closely with pharmacy leaders at four hospital locations, investigational pharmacy, hospital-owned retail pharmacy, hospital-owned specialty pharmacy, stand-alone ED pharmacy and nine infusion center pharmacies. He also served as the inaugural director of the system's 340B pharmacy services program, which rolled out in 2016.

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