Patricia C. Kienle, MPA, BCSCP, FASHP

Patricia C. Kienle is director of accreditation and medication safety for Cardinal Health, where she leads efforts to ensure that Cardinal Health’s client hospitals establish and maintain comprehensive, safe, and effective medication use systems in acute and non-acute care environments. She is also an adjunct clinical faculty member at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

A nationally recognized expert in medication safety, quality assurance in sterile product and hazardous drug preparation, and accreditation and regulatory compliance, Kienle’s career spans over 45 years, including experience as a practitioner and pharmacy director and a medication safety leader in hospitals and health systems.

Kienle regularly contributes her expertise to professional practice, local and national professional associations and accreditation, regulatory, standards-setting, safety, and quality groups. She is the author of The Chapter <800> Answer Book, Compounding Sterile Preparations: ASHP’s Visual Guide to Chapter <797> video and Companion Guide, The Nonsterile Compounding Answer Book: A Guide to Contemporary Best Practices, and numerous other books and articles in peer-reviewed journals.

An active member of national, state, and local pharmacy associations, Kienle served on ASHP's Board of Directors and was president of the Pennsylvania Society of Health-System Pharmacists (PSHP). She is a member of the United States Pharmacopeia Compounding Expert Committee and was chair of its subcommittee and expert panel on hazardous drugs. She also has served on the Board of Pharmacy Specialties Pharmacotherapy Specialty Council, as the pharmacist member of the Hospital Professional and Technical Advisory Committee of the Joint Commission, a board member of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, and on the Board of Governors of the National Patient Safety Foundation.

Kienle is a Fellow of ASHP and has received many honors for her contributions to pharmacy, including the ASHP John W. Webb Lecture Award and Board of Directors Award for Distinguished Leadership; the PSHP Sister Gonzales Duffy Lecture Award and Pharmacist of the Year; the Distinguished Achievement Award in Hospital and Institutional Practice from the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management, and the ISMP Lifetime Achievement Award.

Kienle received her pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and a Masters in Public Administration from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She completed an Executive Fellowship in Patient Safety from Virginia Commonwealth University.