Robert T. Wanovich Joins Duquesne University's Century Club
Four new members of the Century Club of Distinguished Duquesne University Alumni were inducted on Oct. 11.
The Century Club was established during Duquesne's 100th anniversary in 1978 to recognize graduates with exemplary records of professional achievement and service to the University and their communities. Of the nearly 100,000 alumni since 1878, only 321 have been admitted to its elite ranks.
The 2013 class of Century Club inductees are: the Rev. James P. McCloskey of Bensalem; Lisette "Mimi" McCormick of Regent Square; Robert Wanovich of Shaler Township; Sr. Linda Yankoski of Emsworth.
Robert T. Wanovich, Pharm.D., Pharmacy 1989, Graduate Pharmacy 1991
Vice President for Market Strategy and Delivery, Highmark Inc.
After earning undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Mylan School of Pharmacy, Wanovich began his career as a clinical pharmacy specialist in internal medicine with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. In 1993, he joined Intell-Rx, a local entrepreneurial venture that developed software allowing health providers to track the medications prescribed to patients, thus preventing clinical errors and drug interactions.
He joined Highmark in 1995 as manager of Clinical Services and Product Development, and was promoted to director of Clinical Pharmacy Services in 2005. During this period, he conducted extensive research, producing a dozen publications and making more than 40 presentations in industry forums. His work combined rigorous pharmaceutical inquiry with keen understanding of evolving business principles in managed care and benefits.
In 2006, he was named Highmark's vice president for pharmacy affairs, overseeing all clinical, financial, strategic and operational aspects of the company's prescription drug benefit and specialty pharmacy programs, a nearly $3 billion annual operation. Nearly five years later, Wanovich became vice president for market strategy and delivery, integrating provider and clinical strategies across all of Highmark's core markets.
Wanovich has testified before legislative bodies, including the Pennsylvania Senate Banking and Insurance Committee, on policy issues such as mail-order pharmacy restrictions, and is active on a national level with the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association, the American Pharmaceutical Association and the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy.
He has twice led Highmark's corporate fundraising efforts on behalf of the United Way, and assists the North Hills Community Outreach and Variety, the Children's Charity.
Wanovich has been an adjunct assistant professor in Duquesne's Pharmacy School since 1995 and previously taught at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Pharmacy. He has been keynote speaker at Duquesne's White Coat Ceremony and spring Commencement.
Currently a member of Duquesne University's Alumni Board of Governors and the Pharmacy Dean's Advisory Board, he was previously a member of the Pharmacy Alumni Association Board. Wanovich received the Pharmacy School's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2007 and the School's Gerard J. Wolf President's Award in 2002.
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.