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VCU Health System appoints inaugural chief pharmacy officer

The new leadership position will shape organizational strategy across the health system for inpatient and retail pharmacy programs.

image of building. VCU Health System has created a new leadership role that will shape organizational strategy for inpatient and retail pharmacy programs as well as work to increase medication access for patients. (VCU Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

By Sara McCloskey

A leader with vast pharmacy experience in academic health systems has been appointed as the VCU Health System’s first chief pharmacy officer (CPO). Matthew Jenkins, Pharm.D., M.S.H.A, will begin in his new role on September 17.

In this newly created role, Jenkins will lead the direction, planning and strategy of pharmacy services across the health system. The CPO will collaborate with VCU Health team members to improve clinical outcomes and patient safety, while shaping organizational strategy for inpatient and retail pharmacy programs — increasing medication access for patients.

The CPO will also work closely with Kelechi “K.C.” Ogbonna, Pharm.D., M.S.H.A., the dean of the VCU School of Pharmacy, to foster an environment of excellence in research, education and clinical care.

“Matthew brings 14 years of pharmacy experience in academic medical center environments, including 12 years in leadership positions,” said Michael Roussos, president of VCU Medical Center. “In his new role with VCU Health System, Matthew will oversee VCU Medical Center, VCU Health Tappahannock Hospital and VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital pharmacy services, including pharmacy services at our ambulatory locations.”

Man smiling for a headshot. He is wearing glasses and has a blue tie on with a grey suit.

Matthew Jenkins, Pharm.D., will start in his role as VCU Health’s inaugural Chief Pharmacy Officer in September. (Contributed photo)

Jenkins joins VCU Health System from the University of Virginia Health System, where he most recently served as senior director of pharmacy services. In that role, he was responsible for multi-hospital health system pharmacy services integration with a 720-bed academic medical center, including clinical and operational services for acute care and post-acute care pharmacy settings, operational contracts, operational services supporting 340B integrity and financial performance, pharmacy informatics, regulatory compliance and personnel oversight.

Jenkins is active in several professional associations, including the American Society of Health System Pharmacists and Virginia Society of Health System Pharmacists. He has served as a clinical assistant professor and professionalism committee member for the VCU School of Pharmacy since 2014. 

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