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Tara N. Kelley

Candidates for Chair 2021-2022

Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners
Tara Kelley

TARA N. KELLEY, Pharm.D., M.M.H.C., CSP (, is Executive Director of Specialty Pharmacy Services at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. In this role, she is responsible for providing leadership and determining strategy for the department as well as continually advancing the specialty pharmacy care model.

Tara earned her Pharm.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy and completed a PGY1 residency at University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. Her career started in retail pharmacy and, after completing her residency, she gained experience in inpatient pharmacy operations. The combined knowledge in these areas led her to find her passion in health-system specialty pharmacy.

Tara is an active member of ASHP and was chosen to sit on the inaugural Executive Committee for the Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners. She is currently serving as Director-at-Large of the Section.


I believe that health-system specialty pharmacy is uniquely poised to provide the best comprehensive care for patients requiring specialty medications. The high-touch, integrated services delivered ensure appropriate prescribing and medication utilization, an improved patient journey, and enhanced patient engagement and outcomes. These factors can ultimately lead to decreased overall cost of healthcare. The patient centric model offers the highest value to all stakeholders in the specialty pharmacy landscape, and I believe it is critical to demonstrate this in order to remain viable in the marketplace. Health systems are facing countless challenges, but there are also many opportunities that require us to move forward strategically. I believe that ASHP will continue to raise the standard for safe, optimal, effective, and accessible care for all patients who require specialty medications.

I am grateful for the leadership, support, and advocacy that ASHP brings to the health-system specialty pharmacy profession. I will continue work to discover opportunities to utilize my experience to help health systems navigate the increasingly complex world of developing, maintaining, and growing specialty pharmacy services. I am deeply honored by this nomination, and I am energized by the opportunity to continue to serve in the advancement of our profession!