David Kirkus is a highly accomplished Pharmacy & Retail Healthcare Executive with an illustrious career spanning over two decades. His extensive expertise covers a wide spectrum, including strategic planning, pharmacy operations, P&L management, managed care, pharmaceutical procurement, retail clinical services, technology solutions, acquisitions, and collaborative partnerships. Throughout his journey, David has consistently achieved remarkable results, solidifying his reputation as a distinguished leader in the field.
One of his standout accomplishments includes spearheading pharmacy operations at Publix Super Markets, where he pioneered inventive drug pricing, consumer health, and customer acquisition strategies. Under his visionary leadership, this chain witnessed consistent annual market share gains, accompanied by innovative drug-pricing programs and pharmacist-led clinical initiatives that set industry benchmarks. Moreover, David’s trailblazing spirit led to the implementation of a groundbreaking medication adherence program, lauded by Harvard University for its substantial positive impact on large-scale population health outcomes.
David’s approach to healthcare is characterized by collaboration. Recognized by Drugstore News as Pharmacy Innovator of the Year, he has consistently forged strategic partnerships with health systems, payers, and pharmaceutical manufacturers, contributing to improving patient health and expanding access to care while curbing healthcare costs. Additionally, David has been a valued member of the NACDS Policy Council, where he has contributed his expertise to shape industry policies and advocate for the interests of the pharmacy profession.
David leverages his extensive background to assist pharmacies and stakeholders in optimizing collaboration within the complex healthcare landscape. His innovative thinking, combined with his remarkable ability to influence decision-makers, has firmly established him as a respected innovator in the healthcare industry. David’s legacy is one of visionary leadership, innovative thinking, and a profound commitment to advancing the field of pharmacy and retail healthcare. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Georgia.