MARK SULLIVAN, Pharm.D., M.B.A., BCPS, FASHP (firstname.lastname@example.org), is Executive Director, Pharmacy Operations at the Vanderbilt University Hospital and Adult Clinics in Nashville, Tennessee. He serves as Residency Program Director for the health-system pharmacy administration program. Sullivan is an alumnus of the University of Mississippi, (Pharm.D.), Belmont University (M.B.A.), Auburn University, (B.S. Pharmacy) and the University of Tennessee (B.S. Biology). He has served in various operational, clinical, project management, and leadership roles during his career as well as service with the USP Safe Medication Use Expert Committee, the Tennessee Hospital Pharmacist Coalition, the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy Admissions and Assessment committees and Vizient’s Quality, Safety and Compliance committee.
Sullivan has been active in ASHP, including service on the Section of Pharmacy Practice Leaders SAGs on Communications and Leadership Development, as well as faculty for the ASHP Conference for Pharmacy Leaders and the Manager’s Boot Camp. He represented the Tennessee Society of Health-System Pharmacy during his presidential year in the ASHP House of Delegates followed by service to the Commission on Affiliate Relations and currently serves on the ASHP Foundation’s Advisory Committee. Sullivan has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally on a wide variety of pharmacy practice topics.
In this time of pandemic, this Section’s value to pharmacy practice leaders to optimize resources, maximize safety, and promote the role of pharmacy in providing evidence-based, cost-effective care has played a key role in the national response. Section leadership that broadens an inclusive network, strengthens our advocacy, and supports staff knowledge, well-being, and leader development will continue to position pharmacy leaders to provide organizational value at the local, regional, and national level. This work will extend pharmacy’s current and future roles not only in clinical practice but across a breadth of areas we know now and in some we will know in the future. Those that come to mind include human resource management (inclusive of elevating technician roles like Tech Check Tech and pharmacist roles via CPPA and credentialing), supply chain, automation, informatics, compliance, patient safety, finance, revenue cycle, population health, specialty pharmacy, data analytics, genomics, telepharmacy, and research to name a few. Personally, the opportunities to contribute to ASHP have been learning opportunities that have made me a better pharmacist and improved my capability as a leader. The opportunity to work with the members of this Section and ASHP and serve in the Director-at-Large role to optimize practice and enhance our influence would be my professional honor.