Karl F. Gumpper is the Pharmacy Informatics Manager at Boston Children’s Hospital where he leads a team of 3 pharmacists and 3 pharmacy technicians. In this role, he and his team are responsible for all aspects of pharmacy informatics, technology, and automation for the institution.
Mr. Gumpper received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1991 from Northeastern University and a Masters in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University in 2015. He is a Certified Professional in Health Information and Management Systems and a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. He completed a pharmacy practice residency a Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) in Washington, D.C. in 1992. He began his career at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, MD as a Clinical Pharmacist in Neonatology and Nutrition Support. In 1997, he returned to CNMC as a Clinical Manager and Residency Program Director. He left CNMC in 2006 to become the first Director of the ASHP Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology.
Mr. Gumpper was an active member of many of the local pharmacy organizations in the DC metropolitan area. He is a former president of the Washington Metropolitan Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Maryland Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. He has presented on various pediatric, nutrition, and technology topics regionally, nationally, and internationally. He is an active member of the Health Information Management and Systems Society. He is currently participating on the American Informatics Medical Association work group on Advanced Interprofessional Informatics Certification. He was recognized as a Fellow of the ASHP in 2003.Mr. Gumpper has been a member of ASHP since he was a pharmacy student. He volunteered on a variety of committees at ASHP prior to his employment on staff. For the Section, he guided the strategic planning and coordinated all activities of this membership component group. He was responsible for facilitating the active participation and involvement of pharmacists involved in informatics, technology, and automation within ASHP. He established volunteer opportunities for members on the Section’s committees and advisory groups. He was involved in many aspects of ASHP’s Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative to ensure that technology improves the medication use process and enables pharmacists to practice directly with their patients. In his role at Boston Children’s he continues to participate on the Section Advisory Group on Professional Development.