Lauren I. Karel, PharmD, BCPS

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Lauren I. Karel, PharmD, BCPS is a clinical specialist in Drug Information at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Drug information services, Formulary management, Medication use policy
Locations: Main Hospital
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)


Dr. Karel specializes in drug information services and is involved in the formulary committee at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Education and Training


Pharmacy Practice (PGY 1) -  Christiana Care Health System, Newark, DE
Drug Information Specialty (PGY 2) - Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification

Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS)

Graduate Degree

PharmD – Jefferson College of Pharmacy, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Drug Information

Departments and Services




Karel LI, Delisle DR, Anagnostis EA, Wordell CJ. Implementation of a formulary management process. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2017;74(16):1245-1252.


Umland EM, Karel L, Santoro N. Bazedoxifene and conjugated equine estrogen:  A combination product for the management of vasomotor symptoms and osteoporosis prevention associated with menopause. Pharmacotherapy. 2016;36(5):548-561.


Karel LI, Handzel MC, Rosini JM. Laundry Detergent Pod Ingestion in 2 Pediatric Patients. J Emerg Nurs. 2015;41(1):80-82.


Bouazza B, Debba-Pavard M, Amrani Y, Isaacs L, O'Connell D, Ahamed S, Formella D, Tliba O. Basal p38 MAPK Regulates Unliganded Glucocorticoid Receptor function in Airway Smooth Muscle Cells. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2014. 50(2):301-315.

Posters and Presentations


Karel L. The Basics of Biosimilars: Insights for healthcare providers. Platform presentation during the Nursing/Pharmacy/CRA Education Symposium at: ECOG-ACRIN Spring Group Meeting; 2017 May 4-6; Washington, DC.


Shah P, Karel L. On your P&T agenda: Integrating biosimilars into the formulary process and assessing interchangeability and extrapolation. Platform presentation during the Innovations in Drug Information session at: ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2016 Dec 4-8; Las Vegas, NV.


Karel L. A lean approach to formulary management. Platform presentation during the Innovations in Drug Information session at: ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2015 Dec 6-10; New Orleans, LA.

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)