LaFayette native is top Tennessee pharmacist
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.