LaFayette na­tive is top Ten­nessee phar­ma­cist

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Robert “Ned” Giles, Jr., PharmD, of Chat­tanooga, Ten­nessee, was re­cently rec­og­nized by the Ten­nessee Phar­ma­cists As­so­ci­a­tion (TPA) as the 2017 Tom C. Sharp Phar­ma­cist of the Year for his dis­tin­guished work in the pro­fes­sion of phar­macy and ex­cel­lence in the ar­eas of teach­ing, pa­tient care, lead­er­ship, ser­vice de­liv­ery and ad­vo­cacy for the pro­fes­sion.

A na­tive of LaFayette, GA, Dr. Ned Giles was in­volved in his fam­ily’s com­mu­nity phar­macy, Giles Phar­macy. His fa­ther, Dr. Ed Giles, es­tab­lished the phar­macy, which was a fix­ture on the town square for over 40 years. Fol­low­ing his death in 1985, the phar­macy merged with MediThrift Phar­macy.

Dr. Ned Giles grad­u­ated from the Uni­ver­sity of Chat­tanooga, the Uni­ver­sity of Ge­or­gia Col­lege of Phar­macy and re­ceived his doc­tor­ate in phar­macy from the Uni­ver­sity of Ten­nessee Col­lege of Phar­macy in 1974. He joined the fac­ulty of the UT Col­lege of Phar­macy and ini­ti­ated clin­i­cal phar­macy pro­grams at Chat­tanooga’s new VA Out­pa­tient Clinic. He later served as lab­o­ra­tory and phar­macy di­rec­tor at HCA Val­ley Hospi­tal and served as a con­sul­tant for HCA Cor­po­rate. He was the first full-time phar­ma­cist hired by BlueCross BlueShield of Ten­nessee (BCBST). Among his many roles with BCBST, he was re­spon­si­ble for man­ag­ing the newly formed Ten­nCare pro­gram’s phar­macy ben­e­fit and de­vel­oped mul­ti­ple drug for­mu­la­ries and clin­i­cal phar­macy pro­grams for BCBST’s com­mer­cial and Medi­care busi­ness. As a clin­i­cal phar­ma­cist and man­ager of for­mu­la­ries at BCBST, Dr. Giles worked dili­gently to en­sure that pa­tients main­tained ac­cess to the most ap­pro­pri­ate ther­a­peu­tic op­tions, while bal­anc­ing fi­nan­cial con­straints re­lated to med­i­ca­tion se­lec­tion and man­age­ment.

For many years, he has served as a gen­eral phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal con­sul­tant on many top­ics and has been an ad­junct pro­fes­sor of phar­macy for UT and an in­struc­tor of nurs­ing stu­dents. Dur­ing his 40+ years in prac­tice, Dr. Giles earned the re­spect and ad­mi­ra­tion of his col­leagues and peers. First and fore­most, he re­mained con­sis­tent as a strong ad­vo­cate for pa­tients.

Ned Giles

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