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Kimberly A Sanders

Assistant Professor Adjunct Assistant Professor

Kimberly A Sanders, Pharm.D.

Assistant Professor


(919) 843-5119
115 N Beard Hall, , CB# 7574, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599

Kimberly Sanders, Pharm.D., is an assistant professor in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She also has a shared appointment as an assistant professor at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry. Sanders earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Purdue University. She completed a one-year pharmacy practice residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center as well as a two-year academic postdoctoral research fellowship in pharmacy practice model advancement at UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist and a member of numerous pharmacy professional organizations.

Sanders is primarily involved in building and expanding on the partnership between the schools of pharmacy and dentistry through initiatives to develop, implement, and evaluate clinical pharmacy services in dental practice clinics as well as active in the creation of longitudinal interprofessional education curricula. Sanders’ area of scholarship is at the interface of educational and practice-based research with focus on interprofessional education, collaborative practice, and pharmacy practice advancement.

Her past collaborative practice experience includes working with providers and care managers in joint appointments to help address the needs of patients at high risk for hospital readmission within the UNC Family Medicine Center care transitions clinic. She also has practice experience within a collaborative geriatrics specialty clinic. Sanders is passionate in focusing her clinical efforts on high risk and vulnerable populations and utilizing a team-based approach to best optimize patient care.

Practice Site: UNC Adams School of Dentistry Practice Clinics

  • Doctor of Pharmacy, Purdue University College of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Practice Residency, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
  • Pharmacy Practice Model Advancement Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
  • Translational and Clinical Research Curriculum, North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute
  • Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist

  1. Sanders KA*, Busby-Whitehead J, Coppola S, Dews D, Downey CL, Guiliani C, Henage CB, Holliday AS, Mitchell SH, Palmer C, Rosemond C, Weil A, Williams SW, Roberts E. An interprofessional experience preparing a collaborative workforce to care for older adults. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education. doi:10.1080/02701960.2022.2052870
  2. Armistead LT, Sanders KA, Busby-Whitehead J, Ferreri SP. A-TAPER: A framework for deprescribing medications effectively. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2021. doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2021.11.013.
  3. Sanders KA*, Zerden L, Zomorodi M, Ciarrocca K, Schmitz KL. Promoting whole health in the dental setting: steps toward an integrated interprofessional clinical learning environment involving pharmacy, social work, and nursing. Int J Integr Care. 2021; 21(4):20, 1-11. doi:
  4. Niznik JD, Collins BJ, Armistead LT, Larson CK, Kelley CJ, Hughes TD, Sanders KA, Carlson R, Ferreri SP. Pharmacist interventions to deprescribe opioids and benzodiazepines in older adults: A rapid review. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2021 doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2021.07.012.
  5. Woodworth KG, Sanders KA*. Gap analysis of pharmacist communication with community-based oral health care providers. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2021;61(3):e119-e126. doi: 10.1016/j.japh.2020.12.022.
  6. Sanders KA*, Downey CL, Yang A, Baker BK. Incorporating oral health considerations for medication management in care transitions. Pharmacy (Basel) 2020;8(2):E67. doi: 10.3390/pharmacy8020067.
  7. Derouin A, Holtschneider ME, McDaniel KE, Sanders KA, McNeil DB. Let’s work together: interprofessional training of health professionals in North Carolina. N C Med J 2018;79(4):223-225.
  8. Zomorodi M, Odom T, Askew NC, Leonard CR, Sanders KA, Thompson D. Hotspotting: Development of an Interprofessional Education and Service Learning Program for Care Management in Home Care Patients. Nurse Educ 2018. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000523
  9. Sanders KA, McLaughlin JE, Waldron K, Willoughby I, Pinelli NR. Educational outcomes associated with early immersion of second-year student pharmacists into direct patient care roles in health-system practice. Curr Pharm Teach Learn 2018;10(2):211-219.
  10. Hawes EM, Pinelli NR, Sanders KA, Lipshutz AM, Tong GL, Sievers L, Chao S, Gwynne M. Post-hospital discharge care: a case-control study exploring the impact of pharmacist-enhanced care and describing medication-related problems. N C Med J  2018; 79(1):4-13.
  11. Sanders KA, Wolcott M, McLaughlin JE, D’Ostroph AR, Shea CM, Pinelli NR. Organizational readiness for change: preceptor perceptions regarding early immersion of student pharmacists in health-system practice. Res Social Adm Pharm 2017; 13: 1028-1035.
  12. Persky AM, Wells MA, Sanders KA, Fiordalisi J, Downey CM, Anksorus HN. Improving dental students’ long-term retention of pharmacy knowledge with “medication minutes”. J Dent Edu  2017; 81(9):1077-1084.

  1. Sanders KA^*, Yang L. Interprofessional care rounds: pharmacy and dental review of medication problems. Poster Presentation: American Dental Education Association Conference: Philadelphia, PA. Mar 2022.
  2. Zeeman JM*, Rodgers PR, Sanders KA. Utilization of an IPEC Core Competency Assessment Instrument Measuring Student Self-Efficacy in a Pharmacotherapy Course. Am J Pharm Educ. 2020; 84(6): Article 8220.
  3. Sanders KA*, Coppola S, Dews D, Holliday A, Palmer C, Rosemund C, Henage C, Roberts E. Preparing a workforce for care of older adults through interprofessional education. Poster Presentation/Snapshot: Biennial Monash Pharmacy Education Symposium: Prato, Italy. July 2019.
  4. Sanders KA*, Downey CL, Harmon J, Mitchell SH, Fuller KA, Anksorus HN. Evaluating interprofessional education outcomes of a dental school pharmacotherapy consult service. Poster Presentation: Interprofessional Education Collaborative Fall Institute: Phoenix, AZ. Oct 2018.
  5. Woodworth KG*, Sanders KA^. Gap analysis of interprofessional communication between pharmacists and oral health care providers in community practices. Poster Presentation: American Pharmacist Association Conference: Nashville, TN. Mar 2018.