Washington, DC – The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) announces that Samuel G. Johnson, Pharm.D, BCPS, FCCP has been named Associate Executive Director of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties effective August 7, 2017.

Dr. Johnson is currently Director, Health Policy and Interprofessional Affairs for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). In that position, Dr. Johnson was responsible for leading the work of ACCP in analyzing, developing, implementing, and promoting policies and programs, to advance clinical pharmacy and its practitioners in progressive health care delivery systems at the national level.

Previously, Johnson was the ACCP-AACP Institute of Medicine (IOM) Inaugural Anniversary Fellow in Pharmacy. This program is conducted by Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in Washington, D.C., and during his time in the Fellowship, Johnson was assigned to the IOM Board on Health Sciences Policy. In that appointment he served on both the Roundtable on Translating Genomic-Based Research for Health, under Director Adam Berger, PhD, Director, and the Consensus Committee on Core Metrics for Better Health at Lower Costs under Michael McGinnis, MD, MPP, Director. He also contributed to five published IOM workshop summaries and one consensus study report.

Fellowship Director, Marie H. Michnich, DrPH, noted; “Dr. Johnson is an excellent choice. He was highly valued for his many accomplishments at the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine). His broad experience and knowledge base, along with a strong track record of leadership and excellence will contribute greatly to the Board of Pharmacy Specialties.”

Dr. Johnson has extensive clinical experience having worked for over ten years for the Kaiser Permanente Colorado Region in Denver, CO. While at Kaiser Permanente he held the positions of Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Applied Pharmacogenomics; Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Cardiology; and Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Anticoagulation Management.

Dr. Johnson holds the title of Associate Professor, Affiliate Faculty with the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy in Richmond, VA. He has also held the academic appointments of Clinical Assistant Professor and Clinical Instructor with the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Aurora, CO.

Dr. Johnson received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology from Truman State University (formerly Northeast Missouri State University) in Kirksville, MO and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri — Kansas City (UMKC) School of Pharmacy in

Kansas City, MO. He also completed a Specialty Residency in Cardiology with the Kaiser Permanente Colorado Region in Denver, CO. He holds BPS Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy and previously held BPS Added Qualifications (AQ) in Cardiology. He was a Certified Anticoagulation Care Provider (CACP) through the International Anticoagulation Forum and held certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and First Aid and Basic Life Support (BLS).                                                                                                                    

BPS Executive Director, William Ellis commented; “Dr. Johnson’s administrative and clinical practice experience, board certification, residency training and education make him an outstanding addition to the BPS staff. I know he will be able to establish relationships with key stakeholders that can benefit from and utilize the skills of Board Certified Pharmacists.”

BPS Chairman, Harold Godwin noted, “In addition to being the #2 administrative leader of BPS, I am very confident that Dr. Johnson will be able to develop and maintain active engagement with other health professional societies including medicine and nursing; health quality organizations; patient advocacy groups; and health care payers/purchasers to promote the value of board certification for pharmacists.”


About The Board of Pharmacy Specialties ®

The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) was established in 1976 as an autonomous division of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).  The mission of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties is to improve patient care and increase awareness of the need for BPS Board Certified Pharmacists as integral members of multidisciplinary healthcare teams through recognition and promotion of specialized training, knowledge, and skills in pharmacy and specialty board certification and recertification of pharmacists throughout the world.

Board Certification through BPS has become recognized as the gold standard for determining which pharmacists are qualified to contribute at advanced practice levels as a result of the rigorous standards mandated by BPS board certification and recertification. Today BPS recognizes eleven pharmacy specialties and over 31,000 pharmacists worldwide hold BPS certification


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