Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist
Board Certified Nutrition Support Pharmacist
Pharm.D., Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)
PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore, MD)
PGY-2 Critical Care Specialty Residency, Regional Medical Center/University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Memphis, TN)
Dr. Connor’s specialty is critical care, and at the Wegmans School of Pharmacy she has taught didactically in Pathophysiology & Therapeutics I-IV, Self-Care & Natural Products, and Concepts in Pharmacy Practice I and II. Currently, she is the coordinator of Top 200 Drugs II. She has also taught at the Wegmans School of Nursing and the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) School of Medicine.
Dr. Connor strives to maintain an exemplary clinical site in the Surgical ICU at URMC, and precepts Wegmans School of Pharmacy students in their Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences. Dr. Connor is also a dedicated advisor and a member of the Inpatient Advisory Committee (IPAC), among others. In addition, Dr. Connor is proud to be the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) College of Pharmacy Faculty Liaison for the School of Pharmacy, and is passionate about involving students in clinical pharmacy and encouraging early participation in professional organizations.
Before beginning her tenure at the Wegmans School of Pharmacy in 2009, Dr. Connor was fortunate to complete two ASHP-accredited residencies, in challenging clinical environments under the guidance of internationally-recognized directors and preceptors. Dr. Connor is doubly board-certified, in Pharmacotherapy and Nutrition Support, is expecting to finish an ACCP teaching certificate program soon, and is an APhA-certified immunizer.
Dr. Connor enjoys clinical research and scientific writing. She is fortunate to have published several papers and has been invited to present in various locations locally and nationally (please see below).
Since her days as a student pharmacist and pharmacy resident, Dr. Connor has been heavily involved in many pharmacy organizations, including SCCM, ACCP, APhA, ASP, SIDP, ASHP, A.S.P.E.N., and their local affiliates. She is also honored to have chaired numerous committees, and has been invited/nominated to hold many national leadership positions.
Dr. Connor has also had the opportunity to practice pharmacy in different regions of the country, including the Midwest, the East Coast, and the Mid-South, and is always eager to relate her experiences to students, both in the classroom and at her practice site. Over the years she has seen the strong, positive impact that pharmacists, pharmacy residents, and pharmacy students alike can have on patient care, particularly for the vulnerable and complicated critically ill population, and especially in progressive clinical environments.
Dr. Connor feels that nothing informs her teaching and benefits her students more than her clinical and leadership experience and looks forward to continuing to contribute to the education of her future pharmacy colleagues.
When she is not working, Dr. Connor enjoys hiking, swimming, traveling, cooking and eating vegan food, animals and nature, various intellectual and cultural pursuits, and spending time with her family.
- Connor KA. ACCP Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment Program (PSAP) Chapter, Antibiotic Use in Patients Receiving CRRT, January 2014.
- Connor KA. URMC Critical Care Nurse Practitioner Newsletter Article, Medications that May be Used During Withdrawal of Life Support, December 2013
- Fry C, To H, Smith, B, Connor KA. URMC Critical Care Nurse Practitioner Newsletter Article, Brief Review of Management of Hyperglycemia in Critically Ill Patients, October 2013
- Connor KA. URMC Critical Care Nurse Practitioner Newsletter Article, Pharmacotherapy Infectious Disease Quiz and Explained Answers, July 2013
- Lull ME, Anand S, Birnie C, Chablani L, Connor K, Corigliano A, Dave V, Gandhi M, Nagel A, O’Brocta R, Parkhill A, Sapinoro R, Souza J, Woodruff A, Mathews JL. WSoP prescription for innovation – use as needed (PRN). July 2013, AACP Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
Swanson JM, Connor KA, Magnotti LJ, Croce MA, Johnson J, Wood GC, Fabian TC. Resolution of clinical and laboratory abnormalities after diagnosis of ventilator-associated pneumonia in trauma patients. Surg Infect. 2013 Feb;14.
- Editor/Co-editor of SCCM CPP quarterly newsletter (national), 2010-2012
- Studlack G, Connor KA. URMC Critical Care Nurse Practitioner Newsletter Article, Comparison of Lasix versus Diamox in SICU Patients, December 2012
- Larson M, Connor KA. URMC Critical Care Nurse Practitioner Newsletter Article, Atrial Fibrillation Management, April 2012
- Gashlin L, Connor KA. URMC Critical Care Nurse Practitioner Newsletter Article, Indications for Octreotide in the SICU, April 2012
- Henning S, Phillips M, Connor KA. URMC Critical Care Nurse Practitioner Newsletter Article, Focus on Non-Heparin Anticoagulants, December 2011
- Connor KA. URMC Critical Care Nurse Practitioner Newsletter Article, Bivalirudin, July 2011
- "Clinical Spotlight: Nutrition and Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy. ”Critical Connections, August/September 2011: Nutrition in the ICU.
- Dickerson RN, Hamilton LA, Connor KA, et al. Increased hypoglycemia associated with renal failure during continuous intravenous insulin infusion and specialized nutritional support. Nutrition. 2011; 27:766-772.
- Connor KA. Food animal production affects worldwide antibiotic resistance. Pharmacology Consult. Infectious Disease News. May, 2011
- Connor KA. New intravenous antibiotics: a focused pharmacotherapy update. AACN Adv Crit Care. 2010 Jul-Sep;21(3):237-40; quiz 242.
- Connor KA, Hamilton LA. Pursuing Board of Pharmacy Specialties certification. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2010 Jul 15;67(14):1146, 1150-1
- Smith, KA, Sorensen T, Connor KA, et al. Value of Conducting Pharmacy Residency Training — The Organizational Perspective. ACCP. Pharmacotherapy 2010;30(12):1313.
- Helms LA, Connor KA. "Immunosuppression: A Focused Medication Review,"Critical Connections, December 2009: Immunodeficiency in the ICU.”
- Connor KA. Pharmacotherapy Pearls: "Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of Prolonged Infusion ß-Lactam Antibiotics: A Literature Review." The Society of Infectious Diseases Newsletter, November 2009.
- Connor KA, Swanson JM, Boucher BA, Wood GC. Resolution of Clinical Signs of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia in Trauma Patients;" abstract (#311), Crit Care Med. 37(12):A1-A542, 2009.
- Vallury M, Zaher H, Connor K, Lindblad WJ. "Phenotypic Differences in Proliferation, Migration and Protease Secretion between Dermal Fibroblasts Obtained from Type-1 Diabetics and Normal Humans;" abstract (#154), Pharmacotherapy 29, Suppl:35e-173e, 2009.
- Connor KA, Golden SH, Dintzis J, Pinto B., Walbrown M., Anderson D., Wolfgang C. Derr R., Roberts M. "Characterization of Blood Glucose Levels in Surgical Intensive Care Patients Following Pancreatectomy;" abstract (#281),Crit Care Med,36(12) Suppl:A1-A198,2008.
- Molesa C, Connor K, Liu CY. "Outcome of implementing a protocol for the management of chemotherapy–induced hypersensitivity;" abstract (#181), ;Pharmacotherapy,26: E50-E121,2006.
- Vallury M, Zaher H, Connor K, Lindblad WJ. "Phenotypic Differences in Proliferation, Migration and Protease Secretion between Dermal Fibroblasts Obtained from Type-1 Diabetics and Normal Humans;" abstract (page #48), Connective Tissue Research,47:39-52,2006.
- Careers in Pharmacy, 2014 Youth Healthcare Career Conference, Monroe Community College, January 2014, Rochester, NY
- SJFC TV Community Presentation, Appropriate Antibiotic Use, November 2013, Rochester, NY
- SJFC WSoP 2013 P-1 Orientation, ACCP Overview, August 2013, Rochester, NY
- SJFC Scholarly Roundtable, Practical Application of the Stewart Acid-Base Model in SICU Patients Undergoing Intravenous Diuresis, February 2013, Rochester, NY
- Professor Walk Rounds, Pharmacotherapy, SCCM Annual Congress, February 2012, Houston, TX
- Advanced Practice Nursing Continuing Education Seminar: Newer IV Antibiotics, URMC, January, April, September, November 2012, Rochester, NY
- Late Breaker Session, Critical Care, ACCP Annual Meeting; October 2011, Pittsburgh, PA
- Resolution of Clinical Signs of VAP in Trauma Patients, ACCP Annual Meeting; Critical Care Practice and Research Network (PRN) Business Meeting; April 2010, Charlotte, NC
- Modified Insulin Infusion in Acute Kidney Injury, American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition's (A.S.P.E.N.) Clinical Nutrition Week; February, 2010, Las Vegas, NV
- Voluntary Membership Liaison Program Orientation, Society of Critical Care Medicine's (SCCM) 39th Annual Congress; January, 2010, Miami Beach, FL
- SCCM Mentor-Mentee Program Experience, SCCM'S Annual Congress; January, 2010, Miami Beach, FL
- Development and Implementation of a Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia Pathway in a Trauma ICU, ACCP Critical Care PRN Business Meeting; October 2009, Anaheim, CA
- Continuing Education Seminar, Nutrition Therapy in Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy, The 22nd Annual Memphis-Area Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Symposium, ACPE Accreditation Number 064-000-08-016-L01-P; May, 2009, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN
- Resolution of Clinical Signs of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia in Trauma Patients, Memphis-Area Invitational Residency Conference; April, 2009, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN
- Nutrition Support in CRRT , May 2009; Regional Medical Center at Memphis, Memphis, TN
- Presenter, live and online; November, 2008, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center; Memphis TN
- Characterization of Blood Glucose Levels in Surgical Intensive Care Patients Following Pancreatectomy Platform Presentation; May 2008, Hershey, PA
- Improving the Treatment of Cyanide Poisoning with Hydroxycobalamin, ACPE accreditation number 466-000-07-029-L01-P; January, 2008, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
- Resolution of clinical signs of VAP in trauma intensive care unit patients, ACCP Spring Practice and Research Forum; April 2010, Charlotte, NC
- Resolution of clinical signs of VAP in trauma intensive care unit patients, SCCM's Annual Congress; January, 2010, Miami Beach, FL
- Development and Implementation of a Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia Pathway in a Trauma ICU, ACCP Annual Meeting; October, 2009, Anaheim, CA
- Phenotypic Differences in Proliferation, Migration and Protease Secretion between Dermal Fibroblasts Obtained from Type-1 Diabetics and Normal Fibroblasts, ACCP/ESCP International Congress on Clinical Pharmacy; April 2009, Orlando, FL
- Characterization of Blood Glucose Levels in Surgical Intensive Care Patients Following Pancreatectomy. SCCM's Annual Congress; February, 2009, Nashville, TN
- Current Trends in the use of Stress Ulcer Prophylaxis in Critically Ill Patients
- Practical Application of the Stewart Acid-Base Model in SICU Patients Undergoing Intravenous Diuresis
- Prevalence and Factors Associated With Prolonged Empiric Antibiotic Therapy in the ICU
- Medication Error Detection, Amelioration, and Prevention
- Modified Insulin Infusion in AKI
- Development of a HIT Pathway
- Resolution of Clinical Signs and Symptoms in Trauma ICU Patients Following Diagnosis of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia
- Characterization of Blood Glucose Levels Following Pancreatectomy
- Outcome of Implementing a Hypersensitivity Management Protocol in a Cancer Center
- Differences in Cell Migration and Protease Secretion Between Normal and Type-1 Diabetic Fibroblasts
- The Highland Park Pharmacy Services Study: Meeting the Needs of a Medically Underserved Urban Minority Area Through a Community Pharmacy Clinic
Honors and Awards
St. John Fisher College
- SCCM CPP Newsletter Member Spotlight
- SCCM Presidential Citation, 2013
- SCCM Presidential Citation, 2012
- SJFC Faculty Travel Grant (SCCM), 2012
- ACCP Critical Care PRN Volunteer Recognition; 2011
- SCCM Presidential Citation; 2011
- SJFC research grant award, and feature in SJFC "College News Highlights"; 2010
- ACCP Critical Care PRN Travel Awards; April 2010
The University of Tennessee/Regional Medical Center at Memphis
- ACCP Critical Care PRN Travel Awards; October 2009
- ACCP Best Poster Finalist, Second Runner Up; April 2009
Wayne State University
- APhA-ASP Mortar and Pestle Professionalism Award; May 2007
- Dean's List; 2005-2006
- Wayne County Pharmacists Association Scholarship; July 2005
- Wayne State University Presidential Scholarship; July 2003-May 2007
- Dean's List; 2000-2003
- "Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges"; 2000-2003
- Science Honors; 2002-2003
- Phi Theta Kappa International Academic Honor Society; September 2001-August 2002
- Foundation Scholarship, Robert/Vontella Sheridan Endowment; July 2002
- Claren C. Jones Science Award; May 2002
- Michigan Merit Award; June 2000