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Sharon Connor is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. She is currently the director for the Grace Lamsam Pharmacy Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. Her interests are health care access and global health focusing on underserved populations.
She graduated from Creighton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1988 and earned a Doctor of Pharmacy in 1993. She completed a residency in Pharmacy Practice at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh and a specialized residency in Ambulatory Care at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). She worked at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy for four years before returning to Pittsburgh as a faculty member in July 1999.
When she was a resident at UPMC, Dr. Connor worked closely with the School of Pharmacy and with what is now the Program for Pharmaceutical Care to Underserved Populations and the Rx Council. She continued her work with the underserved in her job at the University of Illinois at Chicago, specifically focusing on implementing a program to access medications for the uninsured and underinsured. At the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Connor has directed Grace Lamsam Pharmacy Program since 1999. This program serves as a model for providing medications and clinical pharmacy services to homeless and uninsured patients. The program includes services at Health Care for the Homeless Clinics and a Community Health Center in the Pittsburgh area. Services also include a smoking cessation program for underserved patients.
Dr. Connor received the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Distinguished Public Service Award in 2005 and the Alumni Merit Award from Creighton University in 2007. These awards recognize Dr. Connor’s service to the community in Pittsburgh and around the world.