Elizabeth Kukielka is a Patient Safety Analyst on the Data Science and Research team at the Patient Safety Authority. In this role, she evaluates the literature and analyzes patient safety data collected from various sources, including PA-PSRS, with the goal of synthesizing this information to develop strategies for improving patient safety throughout Pennsylvania. Liz is responsible for authoring articles for the Authority's peer-reviewed publication, Patient Safety. She also serves as an information resource for healthcare facilities in Pennsylvania.
Before joining the Authority, Liz worked for a year as a promotional medical writer for numerous publications, including Pharmacy Times and the American Journal of Managed Care. In that role, she developed manuscripts to educate healthcare providers about medications and health conditions. Prior to that, Liz spent 10 years working as a community pharmacist and pharmacy manager. In the pharmacy, she enjoyed building relationships with her patients and providing them with the tools and support they needed to maximize the benefits of their medication therapy. Her areas of expertise within the pharmacy included immunization delivery, diabetes management, medication therapy management, and pharmacy compounding.
Liz earned her BA in English from Saint Joseph's University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors. She then earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Temple University, with elective courses and rotations focused on medication safety, women's health, and hospice pharmacy. While working as a pharmacist, Liz earned her MA in writing studies from Saint Joseph's University and a certificate in medical writing and editing from the University of Chicago. She is currently pursuing her MS in biomedical writing at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Liz is a registered pharmacist with authorization to administer injectables in Pennsylvania and Delaware, and she is a board-certified geriatric pharmacist.