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Katherine V. Sarna

Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy
Clinical Pharmacist, Drug Information, College of Pharmacy - Pharmacy Practice


Office Phone:

(312) 413-7699 (work)

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Katherine (Kathy) Sarna, PharmD, BCPS, holds the position of Clinical Assistant Professor and Drug Information Clinical Pharmacist within the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Pharmacy (COP) Drug Information Group (DIG). She earned her PharmD degree from Midwestern University and subsequently completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, followed by a PGY2 specialty residency in drug information at the DIG.

Within the DIG, Dr. Sarna is actively involved in a variety of medical writing activities, including responding to clinicians’ drug information requests, creating and maintaining comprehensive drug, device, and diagnostic test reviews, and drafting needs assessments for grants. Her responsibilities also include coordinating and instructing courses at UIC COP and training PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents.

Dr. Sarna’s expertise extends to lecturing on various drug information topics, including medical writing, drug information resources and the systematic approach, trial design, literature evaluation, and evidence-based practice. Notably, she co-developed the Evidence-based Medicine (PHAR440) and Medical Writing (PMPR450) courses at the UIC COP.

Research Interests:
Scholarship of teaching and learning; systematic approach

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Medical writing (PMPR 450), 8/21/2023 – 12/1/2023
Medical writing (PMPR 450), 8/21/2023 – 12/1/2023
Evidence-Based Medicine (PHAR 440), 2/13/2023 – 4/28/2023
Evidence-Based Medicine (PHAR 440), 2/13/2023 – 4/28/2023
Evidence-Based Medicine (PHAR 440), 2/13/2023 – 4/28/2023
Evidence-Based Medicine (PHAR 440), 2/13/2023 – 4/28/2023
Evidence-Based Medicine (PHAR 440), 2/13/2023 – 4/28/2023
PHR 5614, 5/2/2022 – 5/2/2022
Evidence-Based Medicine (PHAR 440), 2/14/2022 – 4/29/2022

Selected Publications

Sarna, Katherine, Phillips, Jen. (2023). The Pharmacist’s Role in Ensuring Safe and Effective Use Of Approved Cannabis Therapies. Pharmacy Practice News.

Sarna, Katherine. (2020). Best Practices for Monitoring Hazardous Drug Surface Contamination: A Guidance for Health Care Institutions. Pharmacy Practice News, July 2020.

Sarna, Katherine V, Griffin, Tina, Tarlov, Elizabeth, Gerber, Ben S, Gabay, Michael P, Suda, Katie J. (2020). Trends in gender composition on editorial boards in leading medicine, nursing, and pharmacy journals. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, 60, (4), 565-570. doi:10.1016/j.japh.2019.12.018.

Spencer, Samantha H, Menard, Shannon M, Labedz, Malgorzata Z, Krueger, Courtney D, Sarna, Katherine V. (2020). Enteral tube administration of oral chemotherapy drugs. Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice, 26, (3), 703-717. doi:10.1177/1078155219893449.

Sarna, Katherine. (2020). Hyperkalemia Management: Role of the Pharmacist in Optimization of Care. Pharmacy Practice News, 14-18.

Sarna, Katherine V, Gross, Alan E. (2019). Vancomycin Versus Metronidazole for Nonsevere Clostridioides difficile Infection: Are the Data Adequate to Change Practice?. Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 53, (8), 845-852. doi:10.1177/1060028019829764.

Notable Honors

2021, 2021 Frederick P. Siegel, PhD Innovative Teaching Award, Curriculum Assesment Committee


Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), Midwestern University, United States, 2014

Postgraduate Training:
ASHP Accredited PGY2 Drug Information Residency, University of Illinois at Chicago, United States, 2016
ASHP Accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, Rush University Medical Center, United States, 2015
Pharmacy Student Intern, CVS Pharmacy, United States, 2014

Licensures and Certifications

Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS), Board of Pharmacy Specialties, 1/1/2016 - Present
Residency Teaching Certificate Program, University of Illinois at Chicago, 6/2014 - 6/30/2016