Gary has focused the majority of his fifteen year career at AstraZeneca
on the discovery and development of novel medications, bridging the gaps between
research science, clinical trials and business development. His various roles have
allowed him to become an industry thought leader on topics ranging from personalized
medicine (pharmacogenetics), diagnostics and rational medical practices. He has
continued to be an active participant in the profession of pharmacy by designing and
facilitating leader-development programs and continuing pharmacy education courses
for pharmacists, nurses and other allied healthcare professionals. He is an experienced
public speaker with numerous engagements over the 20-plus years since obtaining his
• Bachelor’s degree, Pharmacy. University of Wyoming 1990.
• PhD, Neuropharmacology of chronic pain. Oregon State University 1995.
• Post-doctoral fellowship, electrophysiology. The Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto,
• Strategic Intelligence Analyst. AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LLC 1997-present.
• National Leader-Development Program and Content Development Coordinator. The
Pharmacy Leadership and Educational Institute 1992-present.
• Registered Pharmacist (RPh). Oregon 1990-2009, Pennsylvania 2009-present.
• Certified Positive Psychology Counselor Spring of 2013
In addition to his deep academic and professional credentials, Gary leads an active life. To date he has completed numerous running events from 5Ks to marathons to twice competing as a Lone Ranger in the Back On My Feet '20 in 24' event (going over 67 miles his first try); has completed multiple sprint and Olympic distance triathlons as well as completing his first Ironman triathlon in 11 hours 40 minutes; has successfully swam 4.4 miles across the Chesapeake Bay; and qualified and competed in the 2011 Worlds Toughest Mudder event after completing the 'regular' Tough Mudder events in 2010 and 2011. Gary loves doing anything outdoors with positive-minded people... If you're up for a run, ride, hike or golf, he'll gladly join you!