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Donna R. Burgess is the Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator of Infectious Diseases at UK HealthCare and an Associate (Adjunct) Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. She is the Pharmacy chair of the UKHC Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. She has facilitated the recognition of UKHC as an IDSA Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence in 2019 and the renewal in 2021. She is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy in Charleston, SC. She has practiced extensively in hospital pharmacy for over 25 years. Upon graduation, she was a hospital pharmacist for 5 years at Roper Hospital in Charleston, SC prior to relocating to San Antonio, TX. While in Texas, she held various hospital pharmacy positions playing a vital role in increasing decentralized pharmacy services and expanding clinical pharmacy programs within the Baptist Healthcare System and Methodist Healthcare System. Furthermore, she held leadership positions serving as the Clinical Pharmacy Manager for 5 years and Interim Director of Pharmacy on 2 occasions at St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital. In 2002, she became the first Antibiotic Surveillance Pharmacist at Methodist Hospital for the Methodist Healthcare System that consists of 5 acute care hospitals. In addition, she was Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine; Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, College of Pharmacy; and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Incarnate Word, Feik School of Pharmacy in San Antonio, TX. In 2012, she relocated to Lexington, KY and became the Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Infectious Diseases at UK HealthCare in January 2013. She has expanded the ID/Antimicrobial Stewardship team to 10 clinical specialists. Her primary areas of interest include antibiotic stewardship, antimicrobial resistance, and precepting both pharmacy students and residents. She received the UK HealthCare 2015 Preceptor of the Year by the pharmacy residents.



  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Infectious Disease
  • COVID19


  • Adjunct Faculty
  • Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator, UK Healthcare
  • Pharmacy Chair, UK Healthcare Antimicrobial Stewardship Program


  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, Francis Marion University
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, Medical University of South Carolina

We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.