Board of Directors

Tony Powers, PharmD

Tony Powers is Chief Executive Officer of Medical Alternatives which he co-founded in 1988.  In this capacity, he is responsible for the overall leadership of the home infusion pharmacy affiliated with the Baptist Memorial Healthcare System in Memphis, Tennessee, which provides a comprehensive line of therapies to patients in the mid-south.  Powers is also Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, where he teaches and trains pharmacy students in the area of home infusion pharmacy.  Dedicated to the advancement of the industry, Powers is credited with initiating one of our nation's first home infusion pharmacy residency programs.

Powers began his career in pharmacy working in community pharmacy in 1980.  Since then, he has assumed roles of increasing responsibility within the Veterans Administration Medical Center, and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), now The Joint Commission.

A longtime member of the National Home Infusion Association, he served on NHIA's Board of Directors from 1997-2003.  He was Board President from 1999-2000.  In 2009, he was awarded NHIA's Gene Graves Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to home infusion patients and to the home infusion community overall. Throughout his career he has also been active in a number of other organizations including the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties, the National Board of Nutrition Support Certification, and the Tennessee Association of Homecare, where he served as Chairman of its Infusion Committee from 1995-1996.  Powers has been recognized for his contributions to the field by several groups including the Tennessee Pharmacists Association and the Memphis Area Society of Parental and Enteral Nutrition.

Powers received a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy in 1980, and a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree in 1982, from the University of Tennessee.