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Profile of a Pharmacy Innovator: Tim Sullivan

As a Drake University alumnus, Tim Sullivan credits his educational experience as the single most important factor in shaping his progression as a young adult. As a student, he developed an entrepreneurial mindset that would later be integral in his professional success. With an appreciation for hard work, ability to challenge the norm, and a desire to be a contributing member of his community, Tim earned his PharmD from Drake in 2010. He is currently the Senior Manager of Clinical Product Development for OptumRx in which he is responsible for finding new ways to create innovative patient care products through the use of health care data. He also oversees the management of a suite of existing products.

Prior to his current role, Dr. Sullivan held the position of Clinical Services Resident with the Iowa based Medication Therapy Management Services company, OutcomesMTM. While at OutcomesMTM, Dr. Sullivan served as a senior associate on the Clinical Services Team, Director of the Clinical Services Team, and eventually Director of Network Performance. In this final role, Tim and his team were responsible for MTM provided by a network of over 80,000 community pharmacists. Tim has served as a preceptor for numerous Colleges of Pharmacy and has been a leader in MTM curriculum development within Colleges of Pharmacy. He maintains an active role in various organizations focused on the advancement of MTM services in health care, such as AMCP (Academy of Managed Care Pharmacists) and PQA (Pharmacy Quality Alliance). He also serves on the National Alumni Council for Drake University.

Tim has been involved in entrepreneurial endeavors his entire professional career. He has played significant roles in the creation of pharmacy-facing MTM platforms as well as programs to help pharmacists become and stay involved with member care using tools commonly at the disposal of a community pharmacists. In his current position, he is charged with the growth of numerous data driven clinical products for a large national PBM—work that involves numerous facets inclusive of sales strategy, revenue and profit, marketing, and product development. Although this work is done within a large organization, it requires many of the same characteristics needed for an entrepreneur to be successful.

When asked for personal insight on the field, Dr. Sullivan remarks, “Like almost any field, pharmacy will only give back to you if you give of yourself to it. I would recommend any student pharmacist interested in having a long successful career to use their time in school to open as many doors as are possible. If you take the time and put in the effort you’ll find that education can lead to an innumerable number of opportunities within the pharmacy profession, including some of which you may never have known existed. For most students, you will have four years in a professional program, which is plenty of time to not only find a job but to find a job you are truly passionate about.”