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Kristen Bunnell, PharmD

Kristen Bunnell Bresnehan, PharmD, BCCCP

Assistant Professor Department of Clinical Sciences


  • MCW Pharmacy School
    HRC H2600

Contact Information


PharmD, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts
Fellowship, Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
PGY-2 Critical Care Specialty Residency, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, Seton Family of Hospitals and the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
Teaching Certificate, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, Richmond, VA


Clinical Research Methods certificate program, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
Board Certification in Critical Care Pharmacotherapy, Board of Pharmacy Specialties
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, American Heart Association
Registered Pharmacist; Illinois, Texas


Kristen Bunnell Bresnehan, PharmD, BCCCP, joined the MCW Pharmacy School as an Assistant Professor in July 2017. Prior to her appointment, she was a research fellow in infectious diseases pharmacotherapy and pharmacokinetics at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. Dr. Bunnell Bresnehan's postgraduate training included a pharmacy practice residency and specialty residency in critical care, and she practiced for several years as a clinical pharmacy specialist in the trauma/burn intensive care unit at an academic health system in Rhode Island prior to her fellowship. Her clinical and research interests include critical care, infectious diseases, HIV management in the acute care and ambulatory settings, pain management, and emergency medicine.

Research Experience

  • Gram-Negative Bacterial Infections
  • Gram-Positive Bacterial Infections
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Pneumonia, Ventilator-Associated
  • Renal Replacement Therapy

Clinical Expertise

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Critical Care
  • Infectious Disease Medicine
  • Travel Medicine

Research Interests

  • Pharmacokinetic alterations in critical illness, obesity, renal impairment and renal replacement therapy
  • Antimicrobial pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
  • Pain, agitation and delirium in the intensive care unit


My goal as an educator is not only to provide knowledge that transcends the scope of a textbook, but also to foster skills that students will need to be competent future clinicians. Since we can’t always bring the class to the bedside, this is best accomplished by bringing the bedside to the classroom- ultimately, optimizing patient outcomes is the foundation of our practice.

Kristen Bunnell, PharmD, BCCCP

July 2017