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Pharmacy Practice & Science Dept.
H110A, UK Chandler Medical Center

Dr. Thompson Bastin is a MICU critical care pharmacy specialist and Assistant Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, KY. She received her Bachelors of Science in Human Psychology from the College of Charleston, followed by PharmD training at the Medical University of South Carolina. She completed Post-Graduate training in hospital pharmacy (PGY1), and specialized training in Critical Care (PGY2), along with being Chief Resident at the University of Kentucky, followed by obtaining board certification in Critical Care Pharmacotherapy. She completed PhD training through the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Clinical and Translational Sciences. Her currently funded research involves pharmacokinetic monitoring of beta-lactam antibiotics and development of novel AKI prediction models in critically ill sepsis patients, and evaluation of augmented renal clearance on ICU outcomes in neuro-critically ill patients. Dr. Thompson Bastin serves on national and international committees related to the improvement of critical illness outcomes. Outside of work, Dr. Thompson Bastin enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and gardening. Dr. Thompson Bastin is a USDF Bronze Medalist, and enjoys the challenging yet rewarding journey of pursuing the USDF Gold Medal in dressage. 



  • Critical care
  • COVID19
  • Pharmacy practice
  • Sepsis
  • ICU outcomes and medication use
  • Infectious Disease
  • Comparative Effectiveness
  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Critical Illness


  • Adjunct Faculty
  • Clinical Pharmacist, UK Healthcare Medical Intensive Care Unit


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical and Translational Science, University of Kentucky College of Medicine

  • PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Critical Care, UK HealthCare

  • PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, UK HealthCare

  • Doctor of Pharmacy, Medical University Of South Carolina

  • Bachelor of Science, College of Charleston

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.