J. Russell Teagarden
J. Russell Teagarden currently serves as Vice President of Scientific Affairs at Medco Health Solutions, Inc. During his 18 years at Medco, he has been chiefly involved in drug technology assessment, coverage policy development, clinical programming development, clinical oversight, and clinical support for Medco clients and internal departments. He has also functioned in leadership roles for Medco research initiatives. Prior to joining Medco, he practiced as a clinical pharmacist in critical care and drug information in the Chicago teaching hospital community.
Dr. Teagarden has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy, a Master of Arts degree in Research Methodology from Loyola University of Chicago, and a Doctor of Medical Humanities degree from Drew University. He completed a residency in hospital pharmacy at Northwestern Medical Center and was visiting scholar at the NIH Bioethics Department. He has served as a trustee of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices and the P&T Society. He currently serves on the Oversight Body of the American Medical Association Ethical Force Program, on the Technical Advisory Panel of the Pharmacy Workforce Center, and on the National Advisory Panel of the California Health Benefits Review Program. Dr. Teagarden has also received faculty appointments at several pharmacy schools and has served on deans' advisory councils.