Karen McConnell

System Vice President of the Pharmacy Enterprise and Chief Pharmacy Officer at CommonSpirit Health

Karen McConnell, PharmD, MBA, FCCP, FASHP, BCPS is System Vice President of the Pharmacy Enterprise and Chief Pharmacy Officer at CommonSpirit Health, Englewood, Colorado. She oversees the entire pharmacy enterprise, including inpatient, ambulatory care, operations, clinical, retail and specialty and telepharmacy for the 142-hospital system located in 21 states.  Dr. McConnell graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and with her Master of Business Administration from Grand Canyon University. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at Cox Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri and a specialty residency at Kaiser Permanente Colorado in Denver.  Prior to her current role, she was the System Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services at CommonSpirit Health. Before joining her current company, she was a clinical director and cardiology subject matter expert for Cardinal Health, and previous to that, she was a clinical pharmacy specialist in cardiology for Kaiser Permanente Colorado.  She has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles, focusing on high-cost drugs, continuing professional development, and cardiology. Dr. McConnell has also been extensively involved in national pharmacy and other healthcare organizations, routinely presenting at national and international conferences. She is a fellow of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists and a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.