Dr. Phil L. Samples

Vice President, Government & Professional Services

Phil leads all Innovation’s business relations with the US government and oversees professional services for all industry verticals. He brings over 30 years of pharmacy management, clinical pharmacy, and pharmacy benefits management experience in the federal government and retail pharmacy sectors. Phil is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at Binghamton University School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences (SOPPS).

Prior to joining Innovation, Phil was vice president, federal military for Truven Health Analytics. In this role, he managed business relations with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, and other federal agencies to ensure that Truven Health solutions were optimally responsive to clinician, patient, and management information needs.

Phil served for 27 years in the United States Air Force (USAF), retiring with the rank of colonel. He served as the 10th pharmacy consultant for the USAF, senior advisor to the USAF Surgeon General, and as a medical group commander for hospitals within the US and in the deployed environment. Phil was also lead coordinator for oversight and planning for Lean and Six Sigma initiatives. During his last assignment, he served as deputy command surgeon for the Air Force Materiel Command where he led all clinical oversight, strategic planning, and training of more than 6,300 medical personnel for the day-to-day delivery of healthcare in nine medical treatment facilities (MTFs).

Phil holds a doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree and a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from the University of Georgia. He also holds master of science degrees in strategic studies (International Security & Warfighting Operations) and military operational art from Air University, a major component of the USAF Air Education and Training Command.