On the evening of May 3rd, the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy alumni and friends gathered at the Portland City Grill to honor the recipients of the 2014 Icons of Pharmacy Award as well as the Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Joshua Bishop from the Class of 2006 is the second to receive this honor.
Growing up Joshua (Josh) Bishop was interested in medicine. After graduating from North Bend High School in ’98, he went to college to pursue his medical degree. His affinity for chemistry and business management eventually led him in the direction of pharmacy. Josh graduated from Oregon State University Summa Cum Laude before earning his PharmD from the College of Pharmacy in 2006. Even as a student, Josh was a leader. During his first year in pharmacy school, he was elected Class President and during his second year, he was elected as Executive Council President.
Distinguishing himself early on in his career, he had risen to the position of Pharmacy Director only two years after graduation. As Health Services Director for Government Programs, Josh was involved with Central Oregon Health Council acting as Operations Council Vice-Chair. He played a major role in the formation and operation of the CCO (Coordinated Care Organization) in Deschutes, Jefferson & Crook Counties. Currently, Josh serves as Executive Director for the Columbia Gorge Health Council where he is helping form and operate the CCO in Hood River and Wasco Counties.
Steering Oregon toward change, Josh has lead pharmacy related lobbyist efforts, pushed for the MTM project, and continues to advocate for pharmacists to be a part of the primary care team. As a managed care executive and pharmacist, he intends to play a role in bridging health systems for a more collaborative future of healthcare.
Josh is a pragmatic thinker with an unrivaled passion to evolve pharmacy and healthcare. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Oregon State Pharmacy Association, as well as President of the Executive Committee. As a leader, he has helped lead the expansion of the pharmacist’s role within many healthcare systems throughout Oregon.
Josh and his wife, Sarah, will celebrate their 11-year wedding anniversary this June. The two of them enjoy mountain biking and snowboarding in central Oregon. Josh credits much of his success to the support and encouragement he has received from Sarah through their years together.