Department of Pharmacy Practice
Assistant Professor

LeAnne Honeycutt Varner, PharmD


Email: leanneva@pcom.edu
Office: 678-407-7353
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Dr. Varner brings more than 21 years of pharmacist experience in teaching hospitals such as Emory University Hospital and community hospitals such as DeKalb Medical Center as well as ambulatory care, long term care and geriatrics. During her residency, Dr. Varner researched, planned and provided strategic clinical and operational management for the DeKalb Medical Center Anticoagulation Management Service, where she served as Clinical Pharmacist and Clinical Coordinator for eight years. Dr. Varner has thoroughly enjoyed serving as a preceptor for 21 years to Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs), Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) and PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residents.

Her background includes adult, geriatric and neonatal pharmaceutical care delivery. Her experience includes clinical care of patients in the areas of ambulatory care, internal medicine, adult neurological critical care, adult surgical critical care, adult general critical care, neonatal critical care, general surgery, emergency medicine, women's health, nephrology, psychiatry, oncology, transplant medicine and surgical pharmacy services. Her areas of focus are ambulatory care with specific interests in anticoagulation and chronic disease state management as well as acute care clinical pharmacy in the areas of adult internal medicine and critically ill patients with a focus on management of pain, agitation, ICU delirium and anxiety.

Dr. Varner enjoys serving as a mentor to pharmacy students who wish to pursue all areas of pharmacy such as retail pharmacy, hospital pharmacy and she has served as a mentor to many of her students who have pursued a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and PGY-2 Specialized Residency. She teaches a variety of classes including Clinical Pharmacy, Integrated Therapeutics III, Case Studies V, Case Studies VI and a Geriatrics which she designed and implemented. Dr. Varner also currently teaches APPE and IPPE students at DeKalb Medical Center Long Term Acute Care Hospital.

Dr. Varner is the proud mother of an amazing daughter and son and places high priority on her faith, 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 future healthcare providers.

  • Education

    Doctorate of Pharmacy from Mercer University College of Pharmacy and PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency

  • Courses

    Clinical Pharmacy, Geriatrics, Capstone, Case Studies V, Case Studies VI, Integrated Therapeutics III 

  • Research

    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.

    Her current research involves:

    • Effectiveness of using antipsychotics to reduce ventilator associated anxiety in prolonged mechanical ventilation.
    • Impact of pharmacist patient education on post-hospital discharge patient outcomes.
    • Impact of pharmacist-led nursing and respiratory therapy educational services on patient outcomes in the critical care setting.
  • Awards

    • PHA Quality and Patient Safety Award, Georgia Department of Community Health, Georgia Hospital Association, 2002.
    • Georgia Hospital Association Patient Safety and Quality Award Winner DeKalb Medical Center "New Options for Outpatient Anticoagulation Management: The Coumadin Clinic"
    • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Research/Education Poster Award, 2017.
  • Publications

    Varner, L, Radhakrishnan, R., Rollins, BR, Preceptors Grading Scale Preference for Student Pharmacy Practice Experience and Assessment of the Common Grading Scale Among US Schools of Pharmacy Currents in Pharmacy Teaching 2018;10 (2). 165-169.

    Poster Presentations

    Varner, L., Experience with a Pharmacist Managed Anticoagulation Management Service in a Community Hospital. (ASHP) Mid Year Clinical Meeting.

    Varner, L, Radhakrishnan, R, Rollins, R. Preceptors Grading Scale Preference for Student Pharmacy Practice Experience and Assessment of the Common Grading Scale Among US Schools of Pharmacy. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine- School of Pharmacy (AACP) Annual Convention Meeting, Nashville, TN.

    Varner, L, Najafabadi, I. The Effectiveness of Treating Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation Related Anxiety with Atypical Antipsychotics. American Thoracic Society International Conference, San Diego, CA.

    “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.

  • Memberships

    • Georgia Society of Health Systems Pharmacists
    • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
    • Atlanta Academy of Institutional Pharmacy
    • American Geriatrics Society 
  • Other

    Specialized Training
    • 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