Ralph Bouvette, JD, PhD
Dr. Bouvette earned a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1981 and Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1986 at the University of Kentucky. Upon receiving his graduate degree, he taught at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. He then returned to the University of Kentucky College of Law, earning the Juris Doctor degree in 1991.
Dr. Bouvette currently serves as the Executive Vice President of American Pharmacy Services Corporation based in Frankfort, KY. Prior to accepting this position, he served as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy. He has been affiliated with several private law firms, concentrating his legal practice in the areas of professional malpractice and administrative law. He has held faculty appointments at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. He currently volunteers as a clerkship instructor for the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy community clerkship program.
Dr. Bouvette believes pharmacy is well positioned to take advantage of current and emerging opportunities for pharmacists in the health care delivery system. With each passing year, ever increasing numbers of more sophisticated medicines are coming to the marketplace allowing more patients to live longer and healthier lifestyles. This convergence of sophistication and longevity has created unique opportunities for pharmacists to become more involved in their patients' care through enhanced communications and disease state education and monitoring. He believes no better practice site exists for pharmacists to meet these challenges than in the independent pharmacy.