Senior Consultant

Ken Latta

Area of services: Clinicians, Compliance and operations

Beginning in 2011, Ken has devoted his time to teaching, writing, mentoring and consulting. Before this he worked with several different departments at the Duke University Medical Center.

Most recently, he was Manager of the Duke Compounding Facility which includes large non-sterile as well as high risk sterile compounding laboratories tasked with supplying the needs of Duke Health System inpatient and outpatient care. In this position he oversaw the compounding of simple and complex non-sterile preparations as well as large and small batch processing of low, medium and high risk preparations. A large part of this was the compounding of pain management medications, which is another area of specialisation for him.

Looking back over his extensive career, Ken finds that his greatest satisfaction has come from being involved with the creative processes involved with working through difficult situations to optimise formulation and delivery of medications so that patient outcomes are enhanced in a cost effective manner.

An example of this is when he was Lead Pharmacist on the Acute Pain Service. He found that the most effective means of helping healthcare providers dealing with pain management was to go beyond providing advice on medications. He made a point of explaining the rationale for changes in regimen as well as suggesting possible causes of the pain. This process proved to be so successful that it was expanded to be included in almost all of the clinical/teaching areas from Bone Marrow Transplant to Medicine to Pediatrics.

In his spare time, Ken enjoys using his analytic and problem probing capabilities in the study of primary sources searching for deeper insights into the historical record of various world cultures and events.