Susan D. Bear

Susan Bear, Pharm.D., BCPS, is Assistant Vice President of Clinical Pharmacy Services for Carolinas HealthCare System. Her responsibilities include oversight of all clinical pharmacy services for the inpatient and ambulatory care areas within CHS. Additional leadership areas include the CMC Rx retail network, the mail-order pharmacy CarolinaCare, and the CHS Specialty Pharmacy Service. She received her bachelor's and doctoral degrees in pharmacy from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. She maintains her BCPS certification, initially achieved in 2006.

Susan is a member ASHP and ACCP and has been a member of NCAP since 2004. Her teaching and mentoring responsibilities include preceptor status at UNC and Wingate schools of pharmacy. She has been a faculty member with the ASHP Pharmacy Leadership Academy since 2009, teaching the courses "Leading the Pharmacy Enterprise" and "Implementing Transformational Change & Innovation." She has been an adjunct faculty member at UNCC School of Nursing since 2006, where she teaches therapeutics in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. She also serves as a preceptor to pharmacy residents at Carolinas HealthCare System.

Her quality-oriented leadership responsibilities include coordination of the CHS System Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee, oversight of the Acute and Ambulatory Care Clinical Teams, the Pharmacy Quality Committee, Vice Chair of the Clinical Decision Support Committee and oversight of the Antimicrobial Support Network. Practice goals include standardization of clinical pharmacy services and identification of selective opportunities to advance the practice of pharmacists within Carolinas HealthCare System. Research interests include pharmacists' contribution to the care continuum and assessment of pharmaceutical expense as a component of overall care.

Current practice interests include introduction and coordination of transformational change and innovation within Carolinas HealthCare System. Her leadership goals include extending the influence of pharmacy beyond the pharmacy "silo," supporting the key clinical initiatives of CHS as a strategy to successfully implement practice changes necessary to navigate healthcare reform.