Department of Pharmacotherapy 

Karen M. Gunning, PharmD, BCPS Title: Professor (Clinical)


L. S. Skaggs Pharmacy Institute, Room 4982
Office Phone: (801) 587-9553
Clinic Phone (Afternoons): (801) 581-2000
Fax: (801) 587-7923


  • 1997-1998 Specialty Residency in Family Medicine/Primary Care Pharmacy, University of Washington, Departments of Pharmacy and Family Medicine, Seattle, Washington.

  • 1995-1997 Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

  • 1990-1995 Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy - Summa Cum Laude, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.

Clinical Practice and Research Interests:

  • Clinical pharmacist at the Sugarhouse Family Health Center and on the Family Medicine Inpatient Service at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center [Sugarhouse Clinic is a residency training site for the University of Utah Family Medicine Residency Program. Pharmacy Education Clinic serves patients for diabetes education, smoking cessation, anticoagulation, medication education, pain management, medication assistance, and anything and everything requested by the Sugarhouse physicians!]

  • Teaching Resident Physician Skills for Interaction with Pharmaceutical Representatives

  • Implementing a Medroxyprogesterone Depot Protocol to Improve Patient Compliance and Continuation

  • Type 2 Diabetes Continuous Quality Improvement Project

Positions Held:

Current Positions

  • 2013 - present: Professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy, University of Utah
  • 2013 - present: Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Utah
  • 1995 - present: Community Pharmacist. Lake Oswego, Oregon, and Salt Lake City, UT

Previous Positions

  • 2004 - 2013: Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice (Clinical), University of Utah
  • 2005 - 2013: Adjunct Associate Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Utah

Professional Affliations:

  • Association of Reproductive Health Professionals

  • American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists

  • Utah Society of Health System Pharmacists

  • Utah Pharmaceutical Association

  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy

  • Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society

  • American Pharmaceutical Association

  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Courses Taught: