Kirk Nielson

Kirk Nielson

Senior Manager Healthcare & Life Sciences Chicago

What gets Kirk out of bed in the morning? Quite simply, he loves the opportunity to work with clients willing to push the boundaries to re-imagine and transform the way they engage with patients and grow their businesses. For example, he redesigned and implemented a data-driven patient engagement program that delivered a four-fold increase in patient adherence and significantly improved patient adoption of a remote monitoring device.  

Throughout his 20+ year career in life sciences, he has leveraged roles with leading pharmaceutical companies, top healthcare advertising agencies, and innovative world-class consulting organizations to develop a deep understanding of customers, clinical trial recruitment optimization, and commercial marketing effectiveness. 

Today, he focuses his experience and expertise on helping clients elevate their “Patient-Centricity” mindset and maximize the value realized by patients, HCPs, and the organization.   

Kirk is committed to creating a more meaning partnership between life science companies and patients focused on improving insights, engagement, enablement, outcomes, and tomorrow’s new treatments.  

He joined West Monroe from Deloitte Digital, where he co-led life sciences industry efforts to create mobile solutions, powered by analytics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in science from Purdue University.

What makes Kirk different

He likes exploring Chicago by bike and trying out new recipes from Cook's Illustrated Test Kitchen to serve to family and friends. He also has an appetite for travel – the more adventurous the better. He has crawled on his hands and knees to the Pharaohs Khufu tomb inside the Great Pyramid of Giza. He also spent a day admiring the Taj Mahal. His two college-age children attend the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Where Kirk makes an impact

While Kirk prides himself on creating competitive advantage for his clients, he is just as energized by doing work that improves health outcomes and empowers patients to take ownership of their healthcare journey. 

He is an enthusiastic mentor who is always eager to be a sounding board for younger talent and committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Meet the Healthcare & Life Sciences team