Jim Kirby, PharmD, BCPS, FAPhA

Kroger Health

James Kirby is the Senior Director of Business Development for Kroger Health. His main responsibilities include: developing and maintaining relationships with strategic partners, suppliers, providers, and payers; generating alternative profit through innovative healthcare ventures; overseeing Kroger’s PBM; implementing a comprehensive food as medicine strategy; and creating a multidisciplinary interoperable healthcare ecosystem to deliver population health solutions.

The programs and services at Kroger have made a significant impact on the lives of patients by demonstrating improved health outcomes and increasing access to community-based health practitioners. Kroger was the Top Large Chain of the Year for OutcomesMTM in 2013, 2014, and 2015, has multiple sites recognized by the ADA and AADE for quality in diabetes self-management education, and recently received chain-wide accreditation by the Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation. Kroger also offers 20 different residency programs nationally. APhA and the APhA Foundation has honored Kroger with the Immunization Champion Award in 2010, Pinnacle Award in 2014, and the H.A.B Dunning Award in 2016.

James earned his pharmacy degree from Ohio State University and his PharmD from the University of Cincinnati. He has worked as a pharmacist in retail, mail, hospital, and managed care/specialty pharmacy. James is a Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Certified Diabetes Educator, Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati, and Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association.