DAVID A. AGÜERO, Pharm.D., MSTL, DPLA, (email@example.com) is the director of medication systems and informatics as well as the program director, PGY2 pharmacy informatics, at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. He is a pharmacy leader specializing in the coordination, communication, and support of pharmacy services and the medication use process with experience spanning multiple electronic health record and medication distribution platforms in multi-hospital systems as well as academic medical centers.
In his role at St. Jude, He is responsible for leadership of medication-use systems and supporting technologies including informatics, pharmaceutical data analytics, and supply chain service lines.
Agüero graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University before pursuing a specialized residency in medication-use systems and technology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He later earned a master’s degree in science and technology leadership from Brown University. He is also a diplomate of the ASHP Pharmacy Leadership Academy.
He has been deeply involved with the section since first volunteering as a pharmacy student, serving as member and chair on multiple advisory groups and volunteering on the Education Steering Committee for multiple years.
Throughout my career I have become increasingly drawn to the design, implementation, and optimization of medication-use systems and supporting technology solutions. My primary career objective is to thoughtfully expand the use of technology and analytics across the healthcare continuum, driving value through innovative research, data-enabled decision making, and thoughtful leadership.
The medication-use system becomes increasingly complex as organizational and regulatory pressures change, our patient population dynamics shift, and the technology solutions embedded in our healthcare infrastructure evolve, but with every change comes opportunity – for increased safety and improved outcomes, for satisfaction to our patients.
I believe delivering solid clinical ability and a resilient attitude are invaluable and believe as a profession we should use these traits as a foundation for robust, compassionate patient care – which are paramount to achieving safe, optimal outcomes aligned with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s mission in my daily practice.
I would be grateful for the opportunity to represent your voice in the director-at-large position as we make decisions about our profession. Pharmacy informatics is a career path wrought of necessity and creativity; to look for smarter ways to achieve objectives while optimizing patient care – because everything we do is for our patients.