As Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Shanahan brings extensive healthcare and specialty pharmacy experience to Avella Specialty Pharmacy. She is responsible for overseeing the organization’s operations and growth strategies, transforming Avella into the leading national omni-channel provider of specialty and compounded medications. Ms. Shanahan also currently serves as the President of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP). In this capacity, she leads the efforts to advocate for its member pharmacies and educate stakeholders including regulators, media and other health care organizations on their behalf. In fact, Inc. Magazine named Ms. Shanahan as the Top Woman Entrepreneur in America in 2015 and she was also named and Entrepreuner of the Year by EY in 2017.
Ms. Shanahan served as Executive Vice President and Head of the Aetna Specialty Pharmacy from 2005 – 2007 and as a member of Avella Specialty Pharmacy’s board of directors from 2010 – 2013. Prior to joining Avella Specialty Pharmacy, Ms. Shanahan was president of Shanahan Capital Ventures, LLC, (SCV) a consulting firm that built strategic business initiatives and programs for a number of healthcare entities in the United States and Canada. SCV clients included Cardinal Healthcare Specialty Solutions, Shoppers Drug Mart, Rite Aid Pharmacy, US BioServices, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Inspirational Biologics, MedSolutions, and Reliant Rehabilitation.
Prior to establishing SCV in 2008, Ms. Shanahan was the President of OTN Specialty Services. She served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Strategic Initiatives & Corporate Development from 2002 through 2005 at Priority Healthcare as well as a member of the founding board of directors.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Shanahan served in executive roles at three highly regarded health systems; Senior Vice President of Business Development for the University of Chicago Hospitals and Faculty Practice Plan; Senior Vice President of Methodist Medical Group and Ambulatory Services; and General Counsel of Community Hospitals of Indiana.
Ms. Shanahan earned her Juris Doctor from the Indiana University School of Law at Bloomington and is admitted to practice law in Indiana and Illinois.