This episode is part of our Expert Interview Series. In each episode of this series, we’ll interview industry professionals for their perspective on the evolving specialty pharmacy market.

kevin-colganIn this episode, Kevin Colgan, Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer at the University of Chicago Medicine, joins host Suzette DiMascio, CHE, CMCE, CPC, for an in-depth discussion on why and how academic medical centers, such as the University of Chicago, are establishing themselves in the specialty pharmacy marketplace.

Kevin Colgan is considered an industry visionary for health system and integrated delivery networks (IDN) specialty pharmacy services. Mr. Colgan brings more than 22 years of experience in clinical research and pharmacy practice management in hospital, home care, and retail settings. A 1977 graduate of St. Louis College of Pharmacy, he began his career working in community hospitals, and eventually shifted into outcomes research where he acted as Senior Vice President, Health Economics & Outcome Research for EPI-Q, Inc.

Most recently, Mr. Colgan served as Corporate Director of Pharmacy at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He is a past-president of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), which represents 35,000 pharmacists working in hospitals and health systems across the United States and internationally. He is one of the founding members of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, which has certified over 500,000 pharmacy technicians in the past two decades. In addition, Mr. Colgan is currently chair of the University Hospital Consortium Committee on Specialty Pharmacy. He earned a Masters of Arts degree in health services administration from the University of Illinois in Springfield.

Tune in to Discover:

  • Why academic medical centers throughout the U.S. are successfully establishing their own specialty pharmacy programs
  • Key advice for staying competitive in the evolving specialty pharmacy industry regardless of your company size
  • Challenges and solutions to operating in specialty pharmacy moving toward 2020
  • How synergy between industry and academic medical systems are enhancing value-based care models

About the University of Chicago

The University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences, one of the nation’s leading academic medical institutions, has been at the forefront of medical care since 1927, when it first opened to patients. Today, it comprises the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine; the University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division, a section committed to scientific discovery; and the University of Chicago Medical Center, consistently ranked among the best hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.