ASHP Names Kelly McCormick-Sullivan as New ASHP Foundation CEO

Published: May 13, 2024
Kelly McCormick-Sullivan

ASHP is pleased to announce the appointment of Kelly McCormick-Sullivan as ASHP Foundation CEO, effective June 4, 2024. McCormick-Sullivan will lead the ASHP Foundation’s philanthropic efforts to fund research and support ASHP through advancing patient care and the practice of pharmacists in hospitals and health systems.

McCormick-Sullivan brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit, healthcare leadership, and philanthropy. Most recently, she has been serving as the interim president and CEO of the Pluta Cancer Center Foundation in Rochester, New York, overseeing the foundation's operational, programmatic, and funding programs.

She has also served as president of the Rochester Regional Health Foundations, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester, New York, and president of CommuniCare Partners, LLC, among other positions. Her leadership in these roles has been marked by transformative fundraising efforts, operational excellence, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kelly McCormick-Sullivan as the CEO of the ASHP Foundation,” said ASHP CEO Paul W. Abramowitz, PharmD, ScD (Hon), FASHP. “Her visionary leadership and extensive philanthropic and health-system experience make her an exceptional choice to lead ASHP Foundation’s philanthropic efforts that fund transformative research and support important ASHP efforts to advance patient care, public health, and pharmacy practice in hospitals and health systems.”

McCormick-Sullivan will lead ASHP Foundation’s strategic and operational initiatives in philanthropy that fund critical research and education to improve patient health through pharmacy practice advancements. She will also play a pivotal role in supporting the sustained funding of ASHP’s multi-year national public awareness campaign to highlight the critical patient care roles of hospital and health-system pharmacists.

“Kelly brings a remarkable blend of strategic insight and operational expertise to the ASHP Foundation,” said ASHP Foundation Board Chair Kelly Smith. “We are delighted that she will soon join ASHP and are confident under her leadership the ASHP Foundation will continue to thrive and make significant strides as we advance patient care and pharmacy practice.”

“I am incredibly honored to be joining the ASHP Foundation and am eager to work with such a wonderful organization, team, and mission to fund critical research, support innovative initiatives to advance patient care, and elevate the vital role of the pharmacy workforce in hospitals and health systems,” said Kelly McCormick-Sullivan.

McCormick-Sullivan holds a master’s degree in health system administration from Rochester Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in public communication from American University, a master’s certificate in human resources from Cornell University, and a bachelor’s degree in politics from The Catholic University of America.


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About ASHP

ASHP is the largest association of pharmacy professionals in the United States, representing 60,000 pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians in all patient care settings, including hospitals, ambulatory clinics, and health-system community pharmacies. For over 80 years, ASHP has championed innovation in pharmacy practice, advanced education and professional development, and served as a steadfast advocate for members and patients. In addition, ASHP is the accrediting body for pharmacy residency and technician training programs and provides comprehensive resources to support pharmacy professionals through every stage of their careers. For more information, visit and ASHP's consumer website,

About the ASHP Foundation

The ASHP Foundation was established in 1968 by ASHP as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. As the philanthropic arm of ASHP, the foundation shares ASHP's vision that medication use will be optimal, safe, and effective for all people all of the time. Our mission is to support ASHP by advancing the professional practice of pharmacists and the pharmacy workforce by funding research and education that improves health outcomes through optimal, safe, and effective medication use. To learn more about the foundation’s programs, visit



Posted May 13, 2024

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