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Karen M. Gunning

Professor (Clinical)


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


  • 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 with the University of Utah Family Medicine Residency Program.
  • Provides direct patient care and comprehensive medication management for a variety of chronic conditions, as a part of an interprofessional team that include physicians, resident physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, psychologists, social workers, registered dieticians, nurses and medical assistants.

Research Interests:

  • Population health and continuous quality improvement for hypertension and diabetes
  • Medication safety in the ambulatory care setting - particularly in pain management, and diabetes.
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning as it relates to family medicine residents and pharmacy students and residents.
  • Women's health.

Positions Held

Current Positions

  • 2013 - present: Professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy, University of Utah
  • 2013 - present: Adjunct Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Utah
  • 2012 - present: PGY 2 Ambulatory Care Residency Director - University of Utah Health
  • 2016 - present: Board of Pharmacy Specialties - member of Board of Directors

Previous Positions

  • 2015 - 2017: Interim Chair - Department of Pharmacotherapy
  • 2004 - 2013: Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice (Clinical), University of Utah
  • 2005 - 2013: Adjunct Associate Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Utah
  • 1995 - 2006: Community Pharmacist. Lake Oswego, Oregon, and Salt Lake City, UT

Courses Taught

  • PHARM 7551-001 Adv Topic Women Health

    Location: HSEB 4100C (Health Sciences Education Bldg)

  • PHARM 7746-003 Amb Care- Family Pract
  • PCTH 5950-004 Special Problems
  • PHARM 7746-003 Amb Care- Family Pract
  • PCTH 7511-006 Ambu Care Clerkship
  • PCTH 7950-002 Independent Study
  • PHARM 7746-003 Amb Care- Family Pract


    • Borgelt L & Gunning KM - Disorders related to the Menstrual Cycle in Koda Kimble et al: Applied Pharmacotherapeutics: The Clinical Use of Drugs 9th ed, 10th ed
    • American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists
    • Utah Society of Health System Pharmacists
    • 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

    Ambulatory Care

    The Ambulatory Care PGY 2 program at University of Utah Health develops clinically strong practitioners with the skills necessary to develop a patient centered pharmacy practice in ambulatory care, and provide education to patients, pharmacy students, physician assistant students, primary care medical residents, and other health care professionals.

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    Ambulatory Care