Dr. Varner brings over 16 years of pharmacist experience in teaching and community
hospitals as well as long-term care pharmacy.
During her residency, Dr. Varner researched, planned and provided strategic clinical and operational management for DeKalb Medical Center Anticoagulation Management Service, where she served as clinical pharmacist and manager for eight years.
Dr. Varner has thoroughly enjoyed serving 16 years as preceptor for advanced pharmacy practice experiences and PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency experiences.
Her background includes pediatric, adult and geriatric pharmaceutical care delivery. Her experience includes clinical care of patients in the areas of adult and neonatal intensive care, internal medicine, oncology, emergency medicine, women’s health, nephrology, psychiatry and surgical pharmacy services. Her areas of focus are cardiology and anticoagulation with specific interests in diagnosis, prevention and treatment of thromboembolic disorders and hypercoaguable states.
Dr. Varner is the proud mother of a son and a daughter and places high priority on spending time with her family and serving within her church. She considers her position as a professor a blessing, because she has the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students.
PharmD, Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Atlanta, Georgia
ASHP- Accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency, DeKalb Medical Center, Decatur, Georgia
Dr. Varner’s research experience and practice interests include general medicine with emphasis on pharmacotherapy for cardiovascular diseases, anticoagulation, thromboembolic disorders and related drug-disease state management. Research interests also include oncology, quality improvement, regulatory compliance, medication use processes, advancing the practice of pharmacists in the institutional and ambulatory care settings. Her interests also include strengthening the educational opportunities of pharmacy students and residents within the institutional setting as they function as part of an interprofesional healthcare team leading to higher quality care for patients and lower healthcare costs.
PHA Quality and Patient Safety Award, Georgia Department of Community Health, Georgia Hospital Association, 2002.
“Acute Pulmonary Embolism and Venous Thromboembolism: Diagnosis and Treatment.”
Continuing Medical Education Conference for Physicians.
January 2008. DeKalb Medical Center. Decatur, GA.
“Influence of Warfarin and Bridge Therapy on Improved Patient Safety Outcomes and Reduced Hospital Expenditures in a Community Hospital Setting”
Georgia Hospital Association Annual Conference. April 2002. Atlanta, GA.
“Implementation of an Outpatient Anticoagulation Management Service and Improved Patient Outcomes,”
ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. December 2002. Atlanta, GA.
American College of Apothecaries-Anticoagulation Therapy
Designing and Implementing an Anticoagulation Clinic, University of Illinois at Chicago
BLS for Healthcare Providers, American Heart Association
Lifelink Foundation of Georgia, Organ and Tissue Donation Registry
Atlanta Dance Theatre