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.
Doctorate of Pharmacy from Mercer University College of Pharmacy and PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
Clinical Pharmacy, Geriatrics, Capstone, Case Studies V, Case Studies VI, Integrated Therapeutics III
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:
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.
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.