Laura Cranston, RPh

Chief Executive Officer


Laura Cranston

Laura Cranston serves as the CEO of the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA). In this role, she oversees PQA as a quality measure organization with roles as a healthcare quality educator, researcher, and convener, and its primary role as a developer of measures that assess the safe and appropriate use of medications. As part of her responsibilities, Laura works with different organizations (including federal and state payors, health plans, PBMs, community pharmacy organizations, technology vendors and life sciences organizations) to encourage the uptake and implementation of meaningful medication use measures into the marketplace.

Prior to her current position, Laura served as the Executive Director for the Institute for the Advancement of Community Pharmacy, an organization whose mission was to advance innovative practices and community pharmacist-delivered services in ambulatory care, as well as in independent and chain community pharmacy practice in the United States.

For over a decade Laura served as the Vice President of Pharmacy Affairs for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS). While at NACDS, she was responsible for developing policy and positions in concert with NACDS chain corporations, on issues that included, but were not limited to: third party issues, state board of pharmacy regulations, DUR/counseling, training pharmacy technicians, and legislation to establish a Medicare prescription drug benefit.

Laura is very active within the healthcare community, and currently serves as Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the University of Notre Dame College of Pharmacy Board of Advisors, and the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI). Laura is a pharmacy graduate of St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, and a former Executive Resident of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists.

Expertise: Strategic leadership, start up business development, stakeholder connections, professional mentoring