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Last Name

Kelly Karpa

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionCollege of Medicine
Address500 University Drive Hershey PA 17033
Mailbox: R130


Associate Professor of Pharmacology


Biomedical Sciences, Translational Therapeutics Option, Pharmacology


B.S. Pharmacy, Philadelphia COllege of Pharmacy and Science

Ph.D. Pharmacology, Penn State University College of Medicine


Dr. Karpa’s research interests have led to her exploring potential applications of probiotics in vitro as well as in the context of clinical trials. She is passionate about education -- both student education as well as patient education. For that reason, she is frequently involved with developing new educational programs and assessing their effectiveness. Recently, this has led to her involvement with projects overseeing pharmacology medical education, microsurgical simulation workshops, projects assessing our curricular evaluation process, developing herbal and dietary supplement initiatives on campus, and involvement in the Patient Centered Medical Home curriculum. She is also a co-author of Elsevier's Integrated Pharmacology textbook.

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  1. Karpa KD, Hom LL, Huffman P, Lehman EB, Chinchilli VM, Haidet P, Leong SL. Medication safety curriculum: enhancing skills and changing behaviors. BMC Med Educ. 2015; 15:234.
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  2. Karpa K, Vakharia K, Caruso CA, Vechery C, Sipple L, Wang A. Medical student service learning program teaches secondary students about career opportunities in health and medical fields. Adv Physiol Educ. 2015 Dec; 39(4):315-9.
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  3. Karpa KD, Vrana KE. Creating a virtual pharmacology curriculum in a problem-based learning environment: one medical school's experience. Acad Med. 2013 Feb; 88(2):198-205.
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  4. Dowhower Karpa K, Paul IM, Leckie JA, Shung S, Carkaci-Salli N, Vrana KE, Mauger D, Fausnight T, Poger J. A retrospective chart review to identify perinatal factors associated with food allergies. Nutr J. 2012; 11:87.
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  5. Karpa K, Abendroth CS. How we conduct ongoing programmatic evaluation of our medical education curriculum. Med Teach. 2012; 34(10):783-6.
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  6. Karpa K. Development and implementation of an herbal and natural product elective in undergraduate medical education. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2012; 12:57.
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  7. Karpa KD, Boehmer S. Examining utilization of a natural medicine Web-based tool among non-primary care physicians, academic faculty, and nurses at one institution. Ann Pharmacother. 2012 Apr; 46(4):513-20.
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  8. Kester M, Karpa KD, Vrana, KE. Elsevier's Integrated Review: Pharmacology, 2nd Edition. 2012; 1-264.
  9. Karpa KD. Pharmacist critique was ill-informed. Ann Pharmacother. 2006 Jul-Aug; 40(7-8):1441-4.
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  10. Karpa KD, Lidow MS, Pickering MT, Levenson R, Bergson C. N-linked glycosylation is required for plasma membrane localization of D5, but not D1, dopamine receptors in transfected mammalian cells. Mol Pharmacol. 1999 Nov; 56(5):1071-8.
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