Kistner Named Rising Star

Published on 01 November 2017

Dan Kistner, Pharm.D. ’11, has been named a Rising Star by Becker’s Hospital Review. The 2017 list recognizes the top 60 health care leaders under 40. The accolade reflects Kistner’s passion for pharmacy and his drive to advance the profession.

During his career, Kistner has served as a preceptor, developed the PGY2 informatics residency with the College and promoted managed care pharmacy as a rewarding career path for pharmacists.

In 2010, Kistner completed his sixth-year rotation at Express Scripts Inc. (ESI) where he developed an interest for managed care pharmacy. After seeing firsthand the impact that pharmacists can make on a global scale, Kistner accepted a position at ESI after graduation. It was there he worked with some of the largest managed care plans to bring significant savings to patients and promote innovative optimal clinical outcomes such as one of the first opioid utilization management programs.

“Through the opioid utilization management program, we wanted to proactively limit the use of opioids where it made sense,” Kistner said. “We didn’t want to stand in the way of care. Instead, we wanted to ensure there wasn’t any overutilization. While at the time it was innovative, it is now common practice for all managed care plans.”

During his time at ESI, Kistner’s love for managed care pharmacy inspired his decision to become a preceptor. “In school, clinical and community pharmacy is emphasized,” Kistner said. “I wanted to give students a different experience by exposing them to managed care pharmacy.” In recognition of his commitment to going above and beyond to help student pharmacists, Kistner was voted Preceptor of the Year by the class of 2015.

“Dan is a great motivator and is passionate about his work,” said Gloria Grice, professor of pharmacy practice and director of experiential education. “During rotations, he knew how to encourage students to achieve their highest potential.”

Currently, Kistner serves as senior vice president of pharmacy solutions for Vizient Inc., the nation's largest member-driven health care services company. He is responsible for managing the expanded pharmacy program and providing strategic direction to ensure continuous improvement for members. To date, his leadership has yielded more than $1 billion in savings for Vizient’s members.

With the College, Kistner recently spearheaded the creation of the PGY2 informatics residency.

“Students on rotation just touch the surface of managed care,” Kistner said. “I wanted to provide an in-depth program for residents who may have a passion for managed care."

The program has been well received by residents and its accreditation process is expected to be finalized by spring 2018. “Once we’re fully accredited, we will be one of just 23 PGY2 informatics residency programs in the entire country,” Kistner said.

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