Steven Cano

Steven Cano is Chief Pharmacy Officer for the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) in the Boston Metro-North region. The CHA is a nationally recognized health care system comprised of The Cambridge Hospital, Somerville Hospital, Whidden Memorial Hospital, the Cambridge Public Health Department, and more than 20 primary care / ambulatory care sites. The CHA Pharmacy Enterprise includes two inpatient pharmacies, three retail pharmacies, three contract pharmacy chains, an Elder Service Plan pharmacy, and pharmacotherapy services (clinical pharmacists embedded in 15 ambulatory clinics performing chronic drug therapy management.)

Prior to working at the CHA, Steven was Director of Pharmacy at Saint Vincent Hospital, a 349-bed tertiary care teaching institution affiliated with the University Of Massachusetts School Of Medicine in Worcester for 17 years. During that period of time, he was also Director of Pharmacy at the Fallon Clinic and the Fallon Community Health Plan in Worcester. Prior to moving to Massachusetts, Steven was Director of Pharmacy at Humana Hospital Mountain View in Denver for five years. Steven is an Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy.

Steven’s education background includes a B.A. degree in Biology from Wichita State University in 1977. A B.S. degree in Pharmacy from the University of Kansas in 1980 followed. Steven completed a combined M.S. degree in Hospital Pharmacy / ASHP accredited Hospital Pharmacy Residency program from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1982.

Steven’s current professional interests include efforts to expand the role of the pharmacist in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. He has authored more than 20 articles and book chapters on a variety of topics.  Steven has presented numerous lectures to national audiences including physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and administrators. He is a Partners in Performance Excellence (Baldrige performance excellence criteria) senior examiner and an Lead Faculty member for the ASHP Pharmacy Leadership Academy. Steven was honored as Health-System Pharmacist of the Year in Massachusetts in 1995. He is also a Fellow of ASHP.

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