Krista M. Pedley, PharmD, MS

Assistant Surgeon General
Director, Office of Special Health Initiatives
Health Resources and Services Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


RADM Krista Pedley, Director, Office of Special Health Initiatives

Rear Admiral Krista M. Pedley is the Director of the Office of Special Health Initiatives in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). She previously served as the Director of the Office of Pharmacy Affairs (OPA) for over eleven years where she led the administration of the 340B Drug Pricing Program, where over 700 drug manufacturers provide discounted outpatient drugs to safety-net clinics and hospitals that purchase over $38 billion in 340B drugs annually. The 340B Program spans HHS and focuses on drug pricing transparency and reducing the cost of medications for the country’s most vulnerable safety-net patient populations.

RADM Pedley began her career as a pharmacist with the United States Public Health Service in May 2000. She was assigned to the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Generic Drugs, as a Project Manager for Bioequivalence and then as Medical Affairs Coordinator reviewing topical drug protocol design. After five years, RADM Pedley transferred to HRSA and then the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, where she served as Senior Public Health Analyst for the National Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Program (NBHPP). In 2007, RADM Pedley began working with OPA, where she led a national collaborative that focused on integrating clinical pharmacy services into primary care to improve the health of patients with multiple chronic conditions. She then became the Director of OPA in July 2010 and was promoted to Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General in February 2020.

RADM Pedley received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Pittsburgh in 2000 and her Master of Science in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, with a Concentration in Crisis, Emergency and Risk Management, from The George Washington University in 2008. She is also a 2011 graduate of the Public Health Leadership Institute (PHLI) Scholar Program.

RADM Pedley has participated in numerous deployments, including Hurricane Katrina, the Presidential Inauguration in 2005, and Hurricanes Frances, Ivan and Isabel. RADM Pedley was also a Contributor on the Report to the Surgeon General on Clinical Pharmacy and Co-Author on PHS Pharmacy Prevention Strategy.

RADM Pedley is the recipient of numerous awards, including an Exceptional Promotion to Captain in 2015, the Meritorious Service Medal in 2018, the PHS Commendation Medal in 2012, 2009, 2005, and the APhA Foundation Pinnacle Award in 2016 and 2011.

Date Last Reviewed:  August 2021