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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 undergraduate degree, BS 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), at the University of Kentucky, followed by obtaining board certification in Pharmacotherapy. She is currently a PhD candidate in Clinical and Translational Sciences through the College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky. Her current research involves pharmacokinetic monitoring of beta-lactam antibiotics and development of novel AKI prediction models in critically ill septic patients. Dr. Thompson Bastin serves on national and international committees related to the improvement of critical illness outcomes.



  • Critical care
  • COVID-19
  • Pharmacy practice
  • Sepsis
  • ICU outcomes and medication use
  • Infectious disease (bacterial)
  • Comparative effectiveness research


  • PhD Clinical and Translational Science, University of Kentucky College of Medicine
  • PGY2 Specialty Residency in Critical Care UK HealthCare
  • PGY1 Pharmacy Practice 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.