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Robert Granko

Associate Professor of Clinical Educ.

Robert P. Granko, B.S. Pharm., Pharm.D., M.B.A., FASHP

Associate Professor of Clinical Education

System Director of Pharmacy, Geisinger

(919) 623-2207
301 Pharmacy Ln, , , Chapel Hill, NC, 27599

ROBERT P. GRANKO, B.S. Pharm., Pharm.D. , M.B.A., FASHP ( is System Director of Enterprise Pharmacy, Pharmacy Innovation Alliance at Geisinger. His previous experience includes roles as Director, Field Pharmacy Services with Premier, Director of Pharmacy at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital and has held multiple senior Pharmacy leadership positions at UNC Healthcare. Dr. Granko earned his B.S. Pharm. from Long Island University School of Pharmacy, his Pharm.D. from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, and his M.B.A. from Pfeiffer University, School of Graduate Studies. He maintains an academic appointment as Associate Professor of Clinical Education and serves as course director at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in the combined MS/Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Program. Dr. Granko has been active in ASHP’s Section of Pharmacy Practice Leaders since 2008, completing his term as Director-at-Large of the Section’s Executive Committee in 2020. Additionally, his service includes membership within the Section of Pharmacy Practice’s Advisory Groups on Emerging Leaders as well as Strategy and Industry Disruptors. He is past chair of the SAG on Manager Development, a participating content member for the Conference for Pharmacy Leaders Steering Committee, and a Pharmacy Forecast Survey Panel Member. He was past faculty with ASHP’s Managers Boot Camp and ASHP’s Australia Leadership Boot Camp for The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia. Dr. Granko has served as ASHP Delegate representing North Carolina and in 2011, he was part of a team awarded an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Best Practices Award. In 2013, Dr. Granko and team were awarded the Leadership Excellence in Pharmacy Award (LEAP) Gold Award for research in clinical benchmarking. In 2016, Dr. Granko was awarded the ASHP Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers Distinguished Service Award and in 2018, he was recognized as an ASHP Fellow. In 2021, Dr. Granko successfully lead the NC Association of Pharmacists (NCAP) Fellow Practitioner Recognition Program Task Force. In 2022, Dr. Granko will begin his 2-year appointment to the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy Editorial Board as a co-contributing editor for pharmacy leadership. He has authored over 30 publications and has been invited to present nationally and internationally on topics related to leadership development, clinician well-being and resilience, operations management, finance, benchmarking, and data and analytics.

Leadership development, pharmacy operations management, and clinical benchmarking.

Society of Health-System Pharmacists – Australia (2016).  Pharmacy Financial basics, Building Blocks of Leadership Success.

Pharmacy Advisor Webinar (2015).  Allocation of Clinical Pharmacist Resources at the University of North Carolina Hospitals (pCATCH).

ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting Poster (2015).  Table facilitator in the networking session:  Pharmacy High Reliability Strategies.

ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting Poster (2015). Pre-Post Analysis: The Impact of Optimizing Automated Dispensing Cabinets on Nursing Satisfaction & Efficiency. (Kristen B. Emilson Gray, PharmD Candidate, Nicholas P. Gazda, PharmD Candidate, James P. Mundy, PharmD, Robert P. Granko, PharmD, MBA)

ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting Poster (2015). Evaluation for the Potential Implementation of an Inpatient Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Pilot Program at a Community Teaching Hospital. (Nicholas P. Gazda, PharmD Candidate; Kristen B. Gray, PharmD Candidate; Jackie Roh, RPh, BCPS; Robert P. Granko, PharmD, MBA)

North Carolina Association of Pharmacists Convention (2015).  Strategies to Use Big Data to Advance Your Pharmacy Department.

2015 ACCP Virtual Poster Symposium (2015).  Evaluation of a novel tool pCATCH™: method to allocate clinical pharmacist resources.

UHC Pharmacy Council (2014).  Enhanced Labor Efficiency – Summarize the mechanisms used to enhance labor efficiency and drive cost savings.

ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting (2014). Living up to Staff Expectations:  Leading Adaptive Change and Generations in the Work Force.

ASHP 18th Annual Conference for Leaders in Health-System Pharmacy (2013).  Roundtable facilitator:  Managing Employee engagement: How to go from a low engagement to the top performing department.

ASHP 18th Annual Conference for Leaders in Health-System Pharmacy – Managers Boot Camp (2013).  Pharmacy Financial basics, Building Blocks of Leadership Success.

UNC Healthcare System 2013 Quality Expo Poster (2013).  Presented poster titled Collaboratively Improving and Maintaining Proper Intravenous Medication Preparation Areas across a Three Area Hospital Academic Medical Center Poster.

ASHP Summer Meeting (2013).  Developing The Culture for a Pharmacy Data Management Service.

ASHP Summer Meeting (2013).  Taking the Time:  Using a Time-Motion Study to Evaluate The Value of an Automation Interface.

ASHP Summer Meeting Section Advisory Group on Manager Development Midyear Networking Session (2013).  Section Advisory Group, Manager Development Networking Session; Lead Facilitator:  Employee Opinion Survey:  Maximizing Your Teams Engagement.

FIP Congress (2012).  Eckel S, Granko RP, Savage S et al.  Evaluating the Impact of a Pharmacy Practice Model Change at an Academic Medical Center.  Poster Presentation at 2012 FIP Congress in Amsterdam (the Netherlands), October 2012.

46th ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting; Management Pearls (2011).  Managing Peak Performers

Amerine LB, Granko RP, Brummond PW.  ASHP Statement on the Roles and Responsibilities of the Pharmacy Executive.  Am J Health Syst Pharm, 2021;, zxab340,

Kang K, Absher R, Granko RP.  Evaluation of burnout among hospital and health-system pharmacy technicians in North Carolina*.  Am J Health Syst Pharm Volume 77, Issue 24, 15 December 2020, Pages 2041–2042.

*Article of Impact:  Named article of impact (September 2021)

Granko RP, Green D, Schneider M.,  Financial Key Performance Indicators (fKPIs) for Specialty Pharmacy as Essential to Communicating Value Throughout the Healthcare Enterprise.  Pharmacy Purchasing and Products, October 2020, pages 8-12.

Kang K, Absher R, Granko RP.  Evaluation of burnout among hospital and health-system pharmacists in North Carolina.  Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020; 77:441-448.

Gazda N and Granko RP.  Establishing Sustainable Trust Based Relationships Across the Pharmacy Enterprise.  Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020; 77:419-421.

Kang K, Ortiz Lopez, CF, Fear BS, Granko RP.  Tactics to prevent burnout and enable flourishing in pharmacy students. Am J Health Syst Pharm 2019; 76:1374-1376.

O’Neal BC, Friemel A, Glowczewski JE, Coggins JM, Macchia M, Forrey RA, Patel KR, Granko RP. Optimizing the Revenue Cycle to Promote Growth of the Pharmacy Enterprise.  Am J Health Syst Pharm. Am J Health Syst Pharm 2018; 75:853-855.

Amerine LB, Eckel SF, Granko, RP  Improving Employee Engagement within a Department of Pharmacy.  Am J Health Syst Pharm 2017; 74:1316-1319.

Granko RP, Thompson JM, Morton CS, and Little JD.  Elements of Success for Transitioning to the Role of Director of Pharmacy.  Am J Health Syst Pharm 2017; 74:557-561.

Wolfe A, Hess L, La MK, Pappas AL, Moore R, Granko RP, Daniels, R.  Strategy for Pharmacy Data Management.  Am J Health Syst Pharm 2017; 74:79-85.

Granko RP and McCallister A.  Standardize Practice to Identify IV Errors.  Pharmacy Purchasing and Products, May 2016, page 20.

Conley CS, Gazda, NP, Granko RP, Rowe, E, Eckel SF.   Membrane Integrity Evaluation of Closed System Transfer Devices Following Multiple Drug Vial Entries. (Under review.)

Bennett SC, Felt KC, Granko RP.  Prepare Pharmacy and Nursing for USP <800>.  Pharmacy Purchasing and Products, July 2015, pages 14-18.

Granko RP et. al.  Expert Panel supplement; The last 100 Feet. Pharmacy Purchasing and Products, May 2015.

Granko RP and Lamm M.  Promoting pharmacy business success through the implementation of a Departmental Operating Review Series.  Am J Health Syst Pharm 2015; 72:610-613.

Granko RP, Wolfe A, Morton C, Assessing the personal performance and professional self-development potential of a Pharmacy Management Practitioner. Am J Health Syst Pharm 2015; 72:149-157.

O’Neil DP and Granko RP.  Utilizing Smoke testing for Airflow Visualization. Pharmacy Purchasing and Products, December 2014, pages 16-19.

Shah S, Granko RP, Savage S.  340B Management Software Maintenance Strategies.  Pharmacy Purchasing and Products.  April 2014, page 6.

Poppe L, Granko RP, Savage SW, Health-System Pharmacy Administration Resident Training through a Longitudinal Human Resource Management Experience. Am J Health Syst Pharm 2014; 71:2143-2148.

Granko RP, Morton C, Schaafsma K.  Role of Executive Coaching in Pharmacy Management.  Am J Health Syst Pharm 2013; 70:1883-1885.

Granko RP, Holler J, Eckel S.  Allocating Clinical Pharmacy Practitioners in the Ambulatory Care Setting.  Pharmacy Purchasing and Product.  September 2013, page 38.

Connolly C and Granko RP.  Outsourcing:  Beyond-Use Dating Validation.  Pharmacy Purchasing and Products, June 2013, pages 16-17.

Justifying the Role of the Pharmacist in Transitions of Care, et. al., Granko RP.  University HealthSystem Consortium, Financial Performance Committee. April 2013;

White et. al. Re: imagine: A Report on the UHC Annual Conference 2012. Eckel S, Granko RP, Savage S, Crisp B, Smith E, Daniels R. Development, Implementation, and Impact of a Comprehensive, Medical Service–Based Pharmacy Practice Model. Am J Med Qual. 2013 Mar-Apr;28(1 Suppl):3S-28S

Granko RP.  Product Spotlight:  Talyst AutoPharm Software.  Pharmacy Purchasing and Products, November 2012, page 88.

Granko RP, Poppe L, Savage S et. al. Method to determine allocation of clinical pharmacist

resources.  Am J Health Syst Pharm 2012; 69:1398-1404.

Granko RP, Poppe L, Daniels R.  Managing Peak Performers.  Am J Health Syst Pharm 2012; 69:282-284.

Poppe, L and Granko RP.  Managing Underperformers.  Am J Health Syst Pharm 2011; 68 2123-2125.

Granko RP, O’Neal B, Fanikos J et. al. The Nonpharmacist Business Manager: Key qualifications and skills for success.   Am J Health Syst Pharm 2011; 68:1779-1782.

Willoughby I, Granko RP.  Creating Lucrative Partnerships for Alpha Testing New Technologies.  Pharmacy Purchasing and Products, August 2011, 76-79.

Stolpman N, Cotter B, Emamifar E, Granko RP et. al. (Abstract).  Forecasting FTE Needs with UHC Benchmark Data.  UHC 2010 Quality and Safety Fall Forum Abstracts for The American Journal of Medical Quality 2011 26: 165.

Jenkins A, Rowe E, Granko, RP et. al.  Effects of a new sterile product preparation and delivery process on operational efficiency and cost.   Am J Health Syst Pharm 2010; 67:1645-1649.

Nicholas MW, Isenstein A, Dasher D; Granko RP et. al.  Varenicline-Induced Drug Eruption with Resulting Palmar/Plantar Hyperhidrosis and Dysesthesia   Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 2010 Jul; 63(1):e5-7.

Spencer DC, Leininger A, Daniels R, Granko RP, Coeytaux RR.  Effect of Implementation of a Computerized Prescriber Order Entry System on Reported Medication Errors.  Am J Health Syst Pharm 2005;62:416-9.

Byerly FL, Nelson KC, Granko RP et. al. Valdecoxib Associated Acute Generalized Exanthematous Pustulosis.  BURNS 2005; 31:383-87.

Granko RP.  A Case of Topical Benzocaine – Induced Methemoglobinemia. Journal of Pharmacy Practice 2002; (15:1):75-8.

GRANKO RP. Finance: Focusing on the Bottom Line.  Eschenbacher, Lynn, editor.  American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.  [DNLM: 1. Pharmacy Administration. 2. Administrative Personnel. 3. Pharmacy Service, Hospital-organization & administration. QV 737.1]

Master of Business Administration


Pfeiffer University School of Graduate Studies, Charlotte, NC

Doctor of Pharmacy


University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy, Chapel Hill, NC

Bachelor of Science, Pharmacy


Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY