College of Pharmacy Latiolais Award presented to Karen L. Kier

11/22/2017

Head shot of award recipient Karen K. Kier.The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy is pleased to announce that it will be honoring Karen L. Kier, PhD, at the 2017 Clifton J. Latiolais Award Ceremony at the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting in Orlando this December. Kier was nominated by her peers and chosen for this honor by past award recipients; her award will be presented at the annual Latiolais Luncheon.

The Latiolais Award was created by former students in honor of Clifton J. Latiolais, an Ohio State College of Pharmacy professor who created the hospital pharmacy graduate and residency program. The award is presented to a graduate of the hospital-systems pharmacy administration program or an individual involved with the development of these programs who has made significant contributions to institutional pharmacy practice. These contributions may include achievements or outstanding performance in institutional pharmacy practice, education, administration and/or research. 

Karen L. Kier is a professor of clinical pharmacy, director of health and drug information, and director of assessment at Ohio Northern University (ONU) Raabe College of Pharmacy. Kier also maintains her practice as an ambulatory care preventative medicine specialist with the ONU HealthWise clinic. She is board certified in ambulatory care and pharmacotherapy through BPS and is a certified tobacco treatment specialist.

Kier’s mission is to be an active advocate for the profession while creating innovative programs to enhance the profession. She is responsible for designing a pharmacist-directed US Preventive Task Force service for worksite wellness, as well as programs in osteoporosis screening, skin cancer screening, immunizations, and eye health. She believes strongly in advocating for pharmacy and feels this can be done best by being active in professional organizations.

Kier received her bachelor of science in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University and her master’s and doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. She completed an ASHP-accredited residency at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, and an advanced specialty residency in drug information practice at University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Kier is heavily involved in educating pharmacy students as well as pharmacists. She has been described as someone who has changed the profession through her character, her passion for the profession, and her unending search for quality improvement in the patient care and the educational process.

It is with great honor and pride that the college presents Karen L. Kier with the 2017 Clifton J. Latiolais Award for his enthusiasm for excellence and his contributions to the field of health-systems pharmacy.