Kim Russo – Senior Vice President, Pharmacy Services

Kim Russo, Senior Vice President, Pharmacy Services, Aspen RxHealth

Briefly describe the professional journey that led you to Aspen RxHealth.
After I graduated, I was fortunate to land a position at a large community hospital pharmacy that had a close-knit team of pharmacists, each with their own strengths and skill sets. I’m grateful for all they taught me and for their support in helping me reach my final position there as a board-certified clinical pharmacy manager. After 13 years, I transitioned to join my current colleagues at VUCA Health and now at Aspen RxHealth, where I strive to apply my clinical knowledge and patient care beliefs into my work.

Which famous quote would you pick to describe your personal business philosophy?
I don’t know how famous it is, but for start-ups in particular, I believe in Katia Beauchamp’s, “There is no one right answer, there is strategy, execution and iteration.” Starting a company can be scary if you leave your comfort zone as an expert and enter a new role as a beginner. In fact, sometimes the hardest part is just getting started! You can gain a lot of confidence by choosing to focus on objective steps instead of irrational fears of failure. And those steps are to make the best choices you can at the time, implement them and then make changes as needed to reach your ultimate vision. Continuous quality improvement all the way!


Who is the most interesting person you have had the opportunity to work with and why?
I’ve worked with many interesting people, but the most interesting to me is Wuhong Li. I’ve worked with him now for seven years, and I’m convinced he can do anything and with a smile too! He has such an admirable balance of so many areas of his life — from Western and Eastern cultures, art and astrophysics and computer programming to spoken languages. I’m proud to call him a colleague and friend, and I always enjoy learning from him.

How will your unique set of skills, knowledge and professional experience help propel Aspen in the right direction?
My experience as a clinical hospital pharmacist taught me that I could always trust my decisions if they included putting the needs of patients first, and I carry that with me at Aspen.

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