Innovative Patient Focused Results

The Vanderbilt Specialty Pharmacy Health Outcomes and Research Program improves patient care through sound research while furthering innovation and insights within the field of specialty pharmacy.
Vanderbilt Specialty Pharmacy is affiliated with Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Research Goals

Patient Care

Improve medication access, adherence and health outcomes of Vanderbilt Specialty Pharmacy patients

Vanderbilt Specialty Pharmacy

Improve the ability to serve all specialty patients seen at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Specialty Pharmacy Profession

Evaluate and report the value of health-system specialty pharmacy services to patients, providers and the healthcare community

Research Capabilities

We are uniquely positioned to produce rigorous, innovative, meaningful outcomes research. Our outcomes program leverages the expertise and experience of world-renowned physician champions within the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

VSP leverages data from the patient’s electronic health record, the pharmacy dispensing system, and the specialty pharmacy patient management system to provide the most comprehensive view of the patient journey from a decision to treat through outcomes.

VSP collaborates with statisticians from the Department of Biostatistics to design and execute rigorous research studies.

VSP utilizes PharmD Health IT analysts that are both knowledgeable about clinical practice and treatment and skilled in data extraction and manipulation.

VSP provides specialty pharmacy management services for more than 5,000 patients, including patients with orphan and rare diseases.  

The integrated multidisciplinary relationship between pharmacists and specialty clinic providers extends into collaborative research and quality improvement efforts. Key opinion leaders are frequently engaged and active contributors to VSP research efforts.  

As a world-renowned academic medical center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center houses research resources that provide tools to meet any research need.  

VSP is dedicated to implementing learnings from our research back into patient care to continue to improve the quality of our services. We have a dedicated patient care improvement pharmacist to move work from research to practice.  

Vanderbilt coordinates a multisite network of health systems specialty pharmacies that collaborate to perform multisite research studies and share best practices.  

Our Research Program Statistics

as of January 2022


Peer-reviewed manuscripts


Posters presented


Podium presentations at conferences


Monetary research awards

Focusing on the complete patient journey

Research Bibliography

At Vanderbilt Specialty Pharmacy, we have a dedicated research team. This allows us to find groundbreaking solutions firsthand.

Student Research Program

Developed in 2016, the Vanderbilt Specialty Pharmacy Student Research Program (VSPRP) is a training program for interested student pharmacists to receive mentorship, didactic instruction, and experience in completing outcomes research.

Contact Us

Want to learn more about Vanderbilt Specialty Pharmacy’s Outcomes Program? Interested in partnering with us on a current or future project? We would love to hear from you!