Washington, D.C.

Nashville, TN


David Calabrese, RPh, MHP

by Stephani Simmons

April 7, 2017

Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer,

David Calabrese is Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer for OptumRx, the nation’s 3rd largest Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM), serving over 66 million lives across multiple lines of business. At OptumRx, David maintains executive level oversight and strategic accountability for several of the organization’s clinical programs and services, including but not limited to Clinical Account Management; Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee activity; and overall Clinical Strategy. Mr. Calabrese comes to OptumRx through its acquisition of Catamaran, a large national PBM based in Chicago, where he also served as Chief Pharmacy Officer since 2011. Prior to that, he served as Chief Clinical Officer at MedMetrics Health Partners, a small regionally-based PBM in Massachusetts.

Mr. Calabrese’s career spans over 28 years in managed care clinical pharmacy leadership including roles at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a large, regionally-based non-profit health plan, and with CareGroup, an integrated healthcare system, both in Boston, MA.

Mr. Calabrese holds both a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and a Master’s degree in Health Professions from Northeastern University, where he currently maintains academic appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor in NU’s Bouvé College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences.

He is an active member of several professional organizations including the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy where he has served in various leadership positions. He also maintains a role as Clinical Editor of the healthcare industry journals, FormularyWatch and Managed Healthcare Executive and serves as an editorial advisory board member for various other key industry publications.

Mr. Calabrese speaks at numerous forums and is published on a variety of topics pertaining to pharmacy management in managed health care.