Clinical Associate Professor, West Virginia University School of Pharmacy
Krista D. Capehart, PharmD, MSPharm, BCACP, AE-C, is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and the Director of the Wigner Institute for Advanced Pharmacy Practice, Education and Research in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. Dr. Capehart completed her Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and later completed a Master of Science in Pharmacy with a focus in drug policy and regulation at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. Prior to joining WVU, Dr. Capehart joined the clinical faculty in 2006 at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy and was the pharmacist in charge of the PharmUC Patient Care Clinic. Dr. Capehart has focused her practice in community and ambulatory clinical pharmacy, concentrating on improving patient compliance and quality of life through patient counseling and education. She has experience educating patients with asthma, COPD, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes about their chronic conditions; providing immunizations; compounding medications; and meeting the special needs of her patients. Dr. Capehart has received multiple award recognitions including the National Community Pharmacist Association West Virginia Pharmacy Leadership Award 2014-2015, the WV Asthma Coalition Asthma Champion 2013, WVPA Distinguished Young Pharmacist 2012, and Teacher of the Year in 2006. She was selected as a Salzburg Global Fellow and participated in the Salzburg Global Seminar entitled "The Drive for Universal Health Coverage: Health Care Delivery Science and the Right to High-Value Health Care" in Austria in 2013. Dr. Capehart also serves as the Assistant Residency Director for the WVU/Kroger community-based pharmacy residency program in Charleston, WV.
Dr. Capehart utilizes her experience in health policy and regulation and clinical experiences to advocate for her patients, the profession of pharmacy, and in her role with the Wigner Institute. The mission of the Wigner Institute for Advanced Pharmacy Practice, Education, and Research is to advance the practice of pharmacy throughout West Virginia and optimize health outcomes by providing education, training, and resources. She also employs her other areas of interest in Wigner duties by assisting with direct patient care service development, improving health care access in rural areas through expanded pharmacy services, increased patient self-management awareness and knowledge, health literacy, and enhanced counseling opportunities in the community setting.