National Search Leads APhA to Hire Scott Knoer, MS, PharmD, FASHP as CEO

Washington, DC (February 4, 2020) – A successful national search on behalf of the American Pharmacists Association as culminated with the hire of Scott Knoer, MS, PharmD, FASHP as the association’s new CEO. Sterling Martin Associates led the search to fill this position.

Dr. Knoer’s professional experience includes over twenty years in the pharmacy sector and as a senior executive in a world leading healthcare organization.

Most recently, Dr. Knoer served as the Chief Pharmacy Officer for the Cleveland Clinic. In this role, Dr. Knoer was responsible for leading the Clinic’s pharmacy enterprise, which consists of hospitals, clinics, and cancer centers in the greater Cleveland area as well as hospitals and clinics around the United States and internationally, including Abu Dhabi and London.

He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed a combined PGY1 / PGY2 Health-System Administrative Residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center while also pursuing his Master of Science in Hospital Pharmacy. After he received his Master’s degree, Dr. Knoer was hired to work as the Pharmacy Operations Manager at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

In 2001, Dr. Knoer was recruited to the University of Minnesota Medical Center to serve as the Assistant Director of Pharmacy Operations. During his ten-year tenure, Dr. Knoer was promoted two times, ultimately becoming the Director of Pharmacy for three campuses. In 2011, Dr. Knoer was recruited to his position with the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Knoer was recently presented with the John W. Webb Lecture Award. Dr. Knoer presented his award lecture during the during the ASHP Conference for Pharmacy Leaders. The John W. Webb Lecture Award honors pharmacy practitioners or educators who stand apart from others because of their extraordinary dedication to fostering excellence in pharmacy management and leadership.

About American Pharmacists Association

Founded as the American Pharmaceutical Association in 1852, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) is the largest association of pharmacists in the United States and is the only organization advancing the entire pharmacy profession. Members include pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. APhA’s historic headquarters is located on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The building was designed by famed architect John Russell Pope, dedicated in 1934 and restored and expanded in 2009. Today, the building houses APhA and the US Department of State (DOS) as a tenant.   

APhA has an operating budget of approximately $35 million, a staff of about 130 and over 60,000 members. As landlord to DOS, the organization earns an additional $15 million in rent. APhA prepares members to thrive at every career stage and in every pharmacy setting with world-class continuing education, transformative events, unique practice tools, and timely solutions to complex challenges. The organization is committed to helping their members deliver outstanding patient care, receive due recognition, and work at a full scope of practice. Pharmacists play a critical role in helping patients overcome illness and live healthier lives through chronic disease management and the optimal use of their medicines. APhA advocates at the national level to give pharmacists a voice in decisions that affect their future while promoting their undeniable value to health care teams. APhA promotes consumer access to pharmacists’ quality patient care services

About Sterling Martin Associates

Sterling Martin Associates (SMA) is a national executive search firm founded in 2006 by CEO and Managing Partner, David Martin. SMA specializes in working with associations and nonprofit organizations on senior-level executive searches. With five office locations in Washington, DC, Chicago, New York and California, SMA offers national reach and scope while providing superior quality of service in a cost-effective manner. Our partners and consultants bring association, nonprofit and for-profit management experience to each of our client engagements. Our team also serves as volunteers for a wide range of nonprofit governing boards.