Michael D. Sanborn 2008


Lectures: Guest Lecture | Spring Lecture

Michael D. Sanborn, MS, FASHP received his bachelor's degree in pharmacy from the University of Kansas in 1988. After graduation he moved to Dallas, Texas to work as a clinical pharmacist in cardiology at Parkland Hospital. Later, he accepted a position as a clinical pharmacy supervisor, which led him to pursue MS/Residency program at the University of Kansas.

Since completing the residency program, Mike has held several pharmacy leadership positions.  Initially, he served as Assistant Director of Clinical Services at KU Medical Center with additional responsibility for the MS/Residency program. He then served as Director of Pharmacy for the NCH Healthcare System in Naples, Florida. Five years later he accepted a position with McKesson Medication Management as a Corporate Vice President for Implementation and had responsibility for nearly 250 hospital pharmacies in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico. In 2003, Mike moved to the Baylor Health Care System to serve as the Corporate Director of Pharmacy for their 13 hospitals and retail pharmacy operations. In December of 2007, Mike was promoted to Corporate Vice President for the cardiovascular service line at Baylor, which is responsible for contributing over $1.2 billion in annual revenue to the system.

Mike has held many elected and appointed positions at the national, state, and local levels.  He is currently serving as a member of the Medication Safety Technical Advisory Panel for the National Quality Forum and is Chair of the Patient Safety and Quality Committee for the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council.  He is also completing a second term as President of the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists and has served as Chair of the Council on Pharmacy Practice for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.  This year, Mike received the ASHP Award for Distinguished Leadership of Health-System Pharmacy Practice, and is a past recipient of the Texas Pharmacy Leadership Award.

Mike has presented and published in a variety of areas and has authored over 30 articles and several book chapters on topics such as innovative drug therapies, pharmacy automation, clinical pharmacy practice, medication safety, and practice management.  For the last three years, he has served as editor and author for the Director’s Forum, a monthly article published in Hospital Pharmacy. He also chairs the ASHP Section Advisory Group on Publications.  

Mike participates in several community outreach programs and is currently a volunteer pharmacist for a free clinic that provides medications to those with health disparities in the city of Dallas.  During his career, he has precepted nearly 30 pharmacy practice residents and taught numerous pharmacy students.

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7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to Kansans in need during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
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$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
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