Director of Health Systems Strategy

As Director of Health System Strategy for Shields, Stephen is responsible for oversight of specialty pharmacy services developed for health systems. In that role, he works with clinical pharmacists, pharmacy leaders and executive teams to create strategies for starting and growing health system owned specialty pharmacies. In addition, Stephen helps the health system expand the scope of clinical pharmacy services as well as develop scholarly opportunities within the health system.

Before joining Shields, Stephen served in increasing roles of responsibility within Texas Children’s Hospital, including Pharmacy Operations Manager of Ambulatory Pharmacy Services, Emergency Department Pharmacy Services, Central Pharmacy Services, and Residency Program Director for the Two Year Health System Pharmacy Administration Residency in collaboration with the University of Houston, College of Pharmacy. While there, he was responsible for implementing and overseeing specialty pharmacy services at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Stephen has been highly involved with shaping the profession of health system pharmacy including serving as the Chair on the American Society of Health System Pharmacists New Practitioner Leadership and Career Development Advisory Group. He serves as faculty for the American Society of Health System Pharmacists Managers’ Boot Camp and serves on the Commission of Credentialing. He has been an active member on the American Society of Health System Pharmacists Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers, and the Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners.

Stephen is also involved at the state level as he has served as the past Chair of the Texas Society of Health System Pharmacists Editorial Advisory Board, the past Treasurer for Gulf Coast Society of Health System Pharmacists, and is an active member of the Texas Society of Health System Pharmacists Education Affairs Council.

Stephen received the Texas Society of Health System Pharmacists 2015 Pharmacy Leadership Award for demonstrating leadership and vision in advancing the practice and profession and improving patient care. Stephen received the 2016 Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from the Auburn Alumni Association in Auburn University. In 2017, he received a Distinguished Service award from the American Society of Health System Pharmacists New Practitioners Forum (NPF). He is also a past graduate of the Pharmacy Leadership Institute conducted at Boston University Questrom School of Business.

Stephen received his Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy. He is a graduate of the Health System Pharmacy Administration Residency Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He obtained his Master of Science in Health System Pharmacy Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh.