Kim W. Benner
McWhorter School of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmacy Practice
1444 CHS Building 1

Kim Benner is a professor at Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy and a pediatric clinical specialist at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham.  Benner graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy from Samford University and completed an ASHP-accredited residency at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama.  She has practiced at Children’s of Alabama in the pediatric ICU, general pediatrics and pulmonary for 20+ years.

Research interests and areas of publication include pediatrics, infectious diseases, pharmacy and simulation education. She speaks frequently at regional and national conferences and has had multiple poster presentations. Benner is active and holds many leadership roles in several professional organizations including the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP), Alabama Pharmacy Association, Alabama Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group. She served on the inaugural Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties in Pediatrics from 2013-16 and was elected to the ASHP Board of Directors for a 2021-2024 term

Degrees and Certifications

  • PharmD, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University
  • BS, pharmacy, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University
  • BS, biology/chemistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham


  • Pediatrics
  • Critical care
  • Pulmonary

Research Areas

  • Pediatrics
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Simulation
  • Pharmacy education

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Original Paper award. Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group Meeting, 2019
  • Superior Scholar Award. Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy, 2018
  • Fellow, Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG), 2013
  • Fellow, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP), 2009
  • Health- System Pharmacist of the Year. Alabama Society of Health-System Pharmacists Fall Clinical Meeting, 2008
  • Faculty Preceptor of the Year. Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy, 2008
  • Service Recognition Award.  Alabama Society of Health Systems Pharmacists Fall Clinical Meeting, 2004
  • Sergio Stagno,M.D. Friend of the Housestaff Award.  Children’s Hospital, 2002
  • Rho Chi Honor Society, 1995


  • Eiland L, Benner K, Gumpper K, Heigham MK, Myers R, Pham K, Potts A. ASHP–PPAG Guidelines for Providing Pediatric Pharmacy Services in Hospitals and Health Systems. Am J Health-Syst Pharm. 2018; 75: e136-50.
  •  Gorman G, Miller RR, Joiner LC, Quattlebaum CL, Benner K. Multiport Y-Site Compatibility Studies of a Parenteral Nutrition Solution with Routinely Used Pediatric CVICU Medications. Advan Crit Care Med Sept (1) 2017, epub.
  •  Benner KW. Chapter 33: Atopic Dermatitis and Dry Skin chapter. Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs. 19th edition. 2018.
  • Benner K. Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment Program (PSAP) 2017 Book 3 (Pediatrics/Geriatrics). Acne. American College of Clinical Pharmacy. 2017.
  • Buksa A, Huneidi D, Benner K. Pharmacotherapy of Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension. US Pharm. 2017;42(5) (Specialty and Oncology suppl):28-31.
  • Cravens M, Benner K, Beall J, et al. Knowledge gain of pharmacy students and pharmacists comparing simulation versus traditional learning methodology. J Pediatr Pharmacol Ther. 2016; 21 (6) (November-December 2016): 476-485.Volume 21, Issue 6 (November-December 2016)
  • Meadows GT, Bunn C, Benner KW. Treatment considerations for headache in pediatric patients. U.S. Pharmacist. 2016; 41 (5): 23-26.
  • Willis S, Slattery A, King W, Benner K. Therapeutic error calls among older adults reported to a regional poison control center in Alabama. South Med J. 2016; 109(6) 356-362.
  • Richard, KR; Lovvorn, JJ; Oliver, SE; Ross, SA; Benner, KW; Kong, MY. Chromobacterium Violaceum Sepsis: Rethinking Conventional Therapy to Improve Outcome. Am J Case Rep. 2015; 16:740-4
  • Rutledge C, Brown B, Benner K, Prabhakaran P, Hayes L. A Novel Use of Methylene Blue in the Pediatric ICU.  Pediatrics. 2015;136 (4):
  • Benner KW. Sepsis and Meningitis. Eiland L, Todd T, eds. Advanced Pediatric Therapeutics. Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group. 2015.
  • Benner KW, Prabhakaran P, Lowros AS. Epidemiology of Infections Due to Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamase (ESBL) Producing Bacteria in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). J Pediatr Pharmacol Ther. April-June 2014, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 83-90.
  • Benner KW, Lucas A. ASHP Therapeutic Position Statement on the Institutional Use of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection To Maintain Patency of Peripheral Indwelling Intermittent Infusion Devices.  Am J Health-Syst Pharm 2012; 69:1252-4.


  • Benner, K, Spooner L, Anger K, Banks A, Hackenyos D, Olin J. Clinical Specialty Pharmacy Pipeline updates: Cystic Fibrosis. American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Summer Meeting. June 2019.
  • Benner K, Eiland L. Tips for Interviewing Success. Presenter and student programming session lead. Alabama Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Fall Clinical Meeting. October 2018.
  • Benner K. Effective Experiential Teaching Strategies. Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy Continuing Education program. August 2018.
  • Benner K. Updates in Pediatrics. Alabama Pharmacy Association Winter CE Cruise. Mobile, AL/Mexico. January 2018.
  • Benner K.   Pharmacotherapy of common dermatologic conditions. Jefferson County Pharmacy Association. Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy.  November 2017.
  • Benner K. Pharmacological Therapy in Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH). CAH Family Day. Children’s of Alabama. September 2017.
  • Benner K. Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Alabama Pharmacy Association Annual Convention and Trade Show. Sandestin, FL. June 2017.
  • Benner K. Pharmacotherapy of all things GI: IBD, UC and CD. Alabama Pharmacy Association Continuing Education Cruise. San Juan, PR. January 2017.
  • Benner K. RSV: It’s not all about the virus! Clinical Pearls. American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting. Las Vegas, NV. December 2016.
  • Benner KW. Complementary Alternative Medicine in Pediatric Patients. Advanced Nurse Practitioners Grand Rounds. Children’s of Alabama. September 2016.
  • Benner, KW, Kennedy A, Weightman S. Pediatric Conundrums: Kid sized debates. (Program chair and speaker). American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting. New Orleans, LA. December 2015.
  • Benner KW. Clinical Pearls 2015. American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting. New Orleans, LA. December 2015.
  • Benner, KW, Meadows GT. Pediatrics 101. Jefferson County Pharmaceutical Association. December 2015.
  • Benner KW. Pharmacotherapy of Atopic Dermatitis. Neonatal-Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Pharmacology Conference. Children’s of Alabama. April 2015.
  • Benner KW. Shock. Continuing Education Program for Pharmacists and Technicians. Children’s of Alabama. April 2015.
  • Benner KW, Goliak K, Stoneking K, Dey S, Besinque K, Al-Ghananeem. Generational differences in pharmacy leadership. Academic Leadership Fellows Program Debate. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Interim Meeting. February 2015.
  • Benner K, Kennedy A, Weightman S. Big issues come in small packages. American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting. Anaheim, CA. December 2014.
  • Benner K , Hagemann T, Johnson P, Poon C. Congratulations, You’ve Been Promoted! So Now What? Pathways and Pearls for What Comes Next – Promotion to Full Professor”. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting, Grapevine, TX. July 2014.
  • Benner KW. The New Stress Ulcer Prophylaxis Guidelines.  Alabama Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Summer Meeting. Pensacola, FL. June 2014.


  • Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties, Pediatric Council, 2013-2016
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
    • National Co-Coordinator, Clinical Skills Competition, 2012-2016
      • Judge, 2008-2011, 2019.
    • Committee on Nominations, including chair, 2016-2019
    • Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists' (SCCS) Executive Committee, including chair, 2016-2019
    • SCSS Educational Steering Committee, including chair, 2010-2016
    • Council on Therapeutics, including chair, 2007-2010 
    • Student Leadership Award Selection Committee, 2008-2019
    • Alabama State Delegate, 2009-2016
    • Student Leadership Speakers Bureau, 2013
  • Alabama Pharmacy Association
    • Awards Committee, member, 2018-2019.
    • Educational Committee, chair, 2014-2015.
  • Alabama Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists
    • ALSHP InPharmative Quarterly, editorial board member, 2017 to present.
    • Immediate past-president,  2008-2009
    • President, 2007-2008
    • President-elect, 2006-2007
    • Council director for Organizational Affairs, 2004 - 2006
    • Student Affairs Committee, 2003 to present, (Renamed Student/Resident Activities committee 2018), Co-chair 2018-2020
    • Chair, Election and Awards Committee, 2003 - 2004
  • Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group
    • FPPAG Selection committee, 2018
    • Research Committee, 2006 to present (Co-chair, 2011-2013)
    • Fundraising Committee, 2007-2008.
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
    • Walmart Scholars Program, 2019
    • Samford University Delegate, 2008-2009
  • Samford University
    • Faculty Mentoring program, 2015-2016
    • Institutional Review Board (IRB), 2009-2012
    • Recording Secretary, 2010-2011
    • University Elections Committee, 1998-1999 and 2005 to 2011 (Chair, 2008-2011)
    • Faculty Senator for McWhorter School of Pharmacy, 2000-2003.
  • Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    • Faculty Secretary, 2016-2020.
    • Faculty Staff Life committee, chair, 2018-2019.
    • Postgraduate Mentoring Program (PGMP), 2017 to present.
    • Administrative Leadership Team, 2013-2015.
    • Admissions Committee, 1998-2011 and 2015-2019.
    • Technology Committee, 2012-2013.
    • Promotion and Tenure Committee, 2011-2012.
    • External Relations Committee. 2010-2011
      • Institutional Subcommittee to Samford Pharmacy Advisory Board, chair, 2010-2013
    • Postgraduate Education Resource Committee (PERC), co-coordinator, 2008-present.
    • Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy (SSHP), faculty advisor, 2000-present.