Kelly E. Sponsler, M.D.

Associate Professor
Faculty Appointments
Associate Professor of Medicine
M.D., Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PennsylvaniaB.S., Biology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
Office Address
Suite 6000 Medical Center East, North Tower
1215 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37232-8300
Clinical Description
Kelly Cunningham Sponsler, MD, SFHM, attended college at Emory University and medical school at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey, PA. She returned to Emory for Internal Medicine residency training, which she completed in 2007. Kelly then joined the faculty at Emory as a Clinical Instructor at Grady Memorial Hospital before coming to Vanderbilt in 2008 as an Assistant Professor. Her academic interests include patient safety during care transitions and improving medication processes. Kelly is engaged in clinical work and quality improvement initiatives at VUH and has held institutional leadership roles in medication reconciliation and clinical documentation improvement.
Clinical Research Keywords
medication reconciliation; care transitions; clinical documentation
Vasilevskis EE, Ouslander JG, Mixon AS, Bell SP, Jacobsen JM, Saraf AA, Markley D, Sponsler KC, Shutes J, Long EA, Kripalani S, Simmons SF, Schnelle JF. Potentially Avoidable Readmissions of Patients Discharged to Post-Acute Care: Perspectives of Hospital and Skilled Nursing Facility Staff. J Am Geriatr Soc [print-electronic]. 2017 Feb; 65(2): 269-76. PMID: 27981557, PMCID: PMC5311021, DOI: 10.1111/jgs.14557, ISSN: 1532-5415.

Iams W, Heck J, Kapp M, Leverenz D, Vella M, Szentirmai E, Valerio-Navarrete I, Theobald C, Goggins K, Flemmons K, Sponsler K, Penrod C, Kleinholz P, Brady D, Kripalani S. A Multidisciplinary Housestaff-Led Initiative to Safely Reduce Daily Laboratory Testing. Acad Med. 2016 Jun; 91(6): 813-20. PMID: 27028031, DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000001149, ISSN: 1938-808X.

Sponsler KC, Neal EB, Kripalani S. Improving medication safety during hospital-based transitions of care. Cleve Clin J Med. 2015 Jun; 82(6): 351-60. PMID: 26086494, DOI: 10.3949/ccjm.82a.14025, ISSN: 1939-2869.

Theobald CN, Stover DG, Choma NN, Hathaway J, Green JK, Peterson NB, Sponsler KC, Vasilevskis EE, Kripalani S, Sergent J, Brown NJ, Denny JC. The effect of reducing maximum shift lengths to 16 hours on internal medicine interns' educational opportunities. Acad Med. 2013 Apr; 88(4): 512-8. PMID: 23425987, PMCID: PMC3638874, DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e318285800f, ISSN: 1938-808X.

Mueller SK, Sponsler KC, Kripalani S, Schnipper JL. Hospital-based medication reconciliation practices: a systematic review. Arch. Intern. Med. 2012 Jul 7/23/2012; 172(14): 1057-69. PMID: 22733210, PMCID: PMC3575731, PII: 1203516, DOI: 10.1001/archinternmed.2012.2246, ISSN: 1538-3679.

Kripalani S, Roumie CL, Dalal AK, Cawthon C, Businger A, Eden SK, Shintani A, Sponsler KC, Harris LJ, Theobald C, Huang RL, Scheurer D, Hunt S, Jacobson TA, Rask KJ, Vaccarino V, Gandhi TK, Bates DW, Williams MV, Schnipper JL, . Effect of a pharmacist intervention on clinically important medication errors after hospital discharge: a randomized trial. Ann. Intern. Med. 2012 Jul 7/3/2012; 157(1): 1-10. PMID: 22751755, PMCID: PMC3575734, PII: 1206684, DOI: 10.7326/0003-4819-157-1-201207030-00003, ISSN: 1539-3704.

Cunningham, KE, Ellis, S, Kripalani, S. What is the proper duration of antibiotic treatment in adults hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia. The Hospitalist. 2009; 13((2)): 19-22.

Rouphael NG, Talati NJ, Vaughan C, Cunningham K, Moreira R, Gould C. Infections associated with haemophagocytic syndrome. Lancet Infect Dis. 2007 Dec; 7(12): 814-22. PMID: 18045564, PII: S1473-3099(07)70290-6, DOI: 10.1016/S1473-3099(07)70290-6, ISSN: 1473-3099.

Mohler ER, Treat-Jacobson D, Reilly MP, Cunningham KE, Miani M, Criqui MH, Hiatt WR, Hirsch AT. Utility and barriers to performance of the ankle-brachial index in primary care practice. Vasc Med. 2004 Nov; 9(4): 253-60. PMID: 15678616, ISSN: 1358-863X.

Saleem TF, Cunningham KE, Hollenbeak CS, Alfrey EJ, Gabbay RA. Development of diabetes mellitus post-renal transplantation is associated with poor short-term clinical outcomes. Transplant. Proc. 2003 Dec; 35(8): 2916-8. PMID: 14697937, PII: S0041134503011783, ISSN: 0041-1345.