Faculty & Staff bios

Sheryl Chow, PharmD, FCCP, FAHA, FHFSA, BCPS AQ-Cardiology

Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration

College of Pharmacy

E-Mail: SChow@westernu.edu

Phone: 909-469-5379

Join year: 2004


BS Pharmacy, Honors Scholar 1998
University of Connecticut

Pharm.D. 2000
State University of New York at Buffalo

Dr. Sheryl Chow received her B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut and Pharm.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Buffalo General Hospital.

Education Experience

Residency Pharmacy Practice 2000-2001
Buffalo General Hospital (Kaleida Health Systems)

Kaleida Health Systems/State University of NY-Buffalo


2016  Fellow, Heart Failure Society of America

2012 Fellow, American Heart Association

2011 Fellow, American College of Clinical Pharmacy

2008 Advanced Qualifications in Cardiology (AQ card)

2003 Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) 
          Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties



Professional Experience


2018      Interviewed and quoted in TCTMD Press Release of newly published meta-analysis, “High-Sensitivity Troponin May Help Uncover Heart Failure Risk”             https://www.tctmd.com/news/high-sensitivity-troponin-may-help-uncover-heart-failure-risk

10/9/17      Interviewed and quoted in Medscape about Prescribing Pitfalls in Heart Failure With Multiple Comorbidities.  http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/886762?nlid=118371_3866&src=WNL_mdplsfeat_171010_mscpedit_card&uac=71092SN&spon=2&impID=1453480&faf=1

4/19/17      American Heart Assocation Press Release and one-to-one interview by AHA Reporter on publication of New Scientific Statement: New guidance on heart failure tests can improve care. http://news.heart.org/new-guidance-on-heart-failure-tests-can-improve-care/

3/28/17      Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Appropriate Initiation of Evidence-Based Therapies in the Management of Congestive Heart failure: Filming and video 12 part series.  MD Magazine. http://www.mdmag.com/peer-exchange/heart-failure-risk-reduction/the-underappreciated-burden-of-heart-failure

              Also presented on Pharmacy Times - Website: http://www.pharmacytimes.com/peer-exchange/heart-failure/blocking-the-raas-pathway-in-heart-failure

11/11      Western University News Interview: Chows become first parent-child to be honored as Fellow's in ACCP. http://wsprod.westernu.edu/news/nr_detail.jsp?id=12923&groupname=AllNews

10/17/11      ACCP Daily Newspaper Interview: The role of genetics in cardiovascular pharmacotherapy up for debate.  This newspaper interview with reporter focuses on the highlights of the joint ACCP programming with the American Heart Association.

3/2/10      Public Broadcast Systems (PBS): American Health Journal Television (30 minute syndicated show):  Segment: Colleges of Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine.  Interviewed and discussed topics including interprofessional education, impact of pharmacy students, and student curriculum.  Aired on KOCE (PBS) at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 2.    http://thedoctorshow.ennertia.com/

6/6/08      KABC Channel 7 News/ Healthy Living (Consultant Interview): Lowering Costs on Prescription Drugs The segment with health reporter, Denise Dador, focuses on mail order prescriptions and reducing costs associated with cardiovascular medications.   http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/health&id=6191234

Work Site

Research site:

Division of Cardiology
Department of Medicine
University of California, Irvine
UCI Medical Center
Orange, CA  92868

Rotation site:

Clinical Medicine/Cardiology Rotation
Centinela Hospital Medical Center
Inglewood, CA

The medicine/cardiology clerkship is designed to provide clinical experience in the acute care of patients with cardiovascular disease states. Students will be involved in direct patient care activities in the emergency department and the cardiovascular intensive care unit. Current rotations available: Medicine/Cardiology, Cardiovascular research, and Advanced Elective.

Teaching Experience

Before joining the Faculty at Western University in 2004, Dr. Chow worked as a Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator for both the Internal Medicine Teaching Service and Cardiology, in addition to her adjunct faculty positions in both the Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine at SUNY-Buffalo. Her didactics, clinical practice, and research interests at Western University are focused in acute care cardiology with an emphasis on heart failure.

Research Grant

2006 ACCP Investigator Development Award
Title: A Randomized Controlled Trial to Evaluate Renal Function, Inflammatory Mediators, and Neurohormonal Markers in Acutely Decompensated Heart Failure Patients Receiving Nesiritide Compared to Nitroglycerin.


Chow SL(Chair), Maisel A (Vice-Chair), Anand I, Bozkurt B, De Boer, R, Greenberg B, Felker M, Januzzi J, Kiernan M, Fonarow G, Liu P, Wang T, Yancy CW, Zile MR.  AHA Scientific Statement: The Role of Biomarkers for the Prevention, Assessment, and Management of Heart Failure: A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association.  American Heart Association Clinical Pharmacology Committee of the Council on Clinical Cardiology; Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences; Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young; Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing; Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation; Council on Epidemiology and Prevention; Council on Functional Genomics and Translational Biology; and Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research. [Epub ahead of print] Circulation. March 26, 2017. Article link: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2017/04/26/CIR.0000000000000490 AHA Press release http://news.heart.org/new-guidance-on-heart-failure-tests-can-improve-care/

Gandhi PU, Chow SL, Rector TS, Krum H, Gaggin HK, McMurray JJ, Zile MR, Komajda M, McKelvie RS, Carson PE, Januzzi JL Jr, Anand IS.  Prognostic Value of Insulin-Like Growth Factor-Binding Protein 7 in Patients with Heart Failure and Preserved Ejection Fraction. J Card Fail. 2017; 23(1):20-28. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27317843

Fajardo F, Heywood JT, Patterson JH, Adams KA, MD, Chow SL.  A focus on nesiritide in recent congestive heart failure trials.  Expert Rev Cardiovasc Ther. 2015;13(7):743-751. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26028173

Lanfear DE, Abbas R, Padhukasahasram B, Gupta R, Langholz D, Wilson W, Tang W, Williams K, Sabbah H, Chow SL.  Genetic factors influencing b-type natriuretic peptide mediated production of cyclic guanosine mono phosphate and blood pressure effects in heart failure patients.  J Cardiovasc Trans Res. 2015; 8:545-553. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26589601

Huynh K, Van Tassell B, Chow SL. Predicting therapeutic response in patients with heart failure: the story of C-reactive protein. Expert Rev Cardiovasc Ther. 2015 Feb;13(2):153-61. doi: 10.1586/14779072.2015.1000307. Epub 2015 Jan 12. PMID: 25578159 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25578159

Lanfear DE, Chow SL, Padhukasahasram B, Li J, Langholz D, Tang W, Williams K, Sabbah HN.  Genetic and Non-Genetic Factors Influencing Pharmacokinetics of B-type Natriuretic Peptide. J Card Fail. 2014 Sep;20(9):662-8  PMID 24983826 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Genetic+and+Non-Genetic+Factors+Influencing+Pharmacokinetics+of+B-type+Natriuretic+Peptide

Perugu S, Rehan V, Chow SL, Baylen B.  Plasma Biomarkers and Echocardiographic Indices of Left Ventricular Function in Very Low Birth Weight Infants. † J Neonatal Perinatal Med. 2014 Jan 1;7(3):213-22. doi: 10.3233/NPM-14814010.  PMID: 25322997 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Plasma+Biomarkers+and+Echocardiographic+Indices+of+Left+Ventricular+Function+in+Very+Low+Birth+Weight+Infants

LaForest SK, Chow SL, DiDomenico R, Dracup K, Ensor C, Gattis-Stough W, Heywood JT, Lindenfeld J, Page RL, Patterson JH, Vardeny O, Massie BM*.Clinical Pharmacy Services in Heart Failure: An Opinion Paper from the Heart Failure Society of America and American College of Clinical Pharmacy Cardiology Practice and Research Network.  J Card Fail. 2013 May;19(5):354-69.   PMID: 23663818 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23663818

LaForest SK, Chow SL, DiDomenico R, Dracup K, Ensor C, Gattis-Stough W, Heywood JT, Lindenfeld J, Page RL, Patterson JH, Vardeny O, Massie BM*.Clinical Pharmacy Services in Heart Failure: An Opinion Paper from the Heart Failure Society of America and College of Clinical Pharmacy Cardiology Practice and Research Network.  Pharmacotherapy. 2013 May;33(5):529-48.  PMID: 23649813 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23649813

Wang JSC, Kovanecz I, Vernet D, Nolazco G, Kopchok GE, Chow SL, White RA, Gonzalez-Cadavid NF.  Effects of sildenafil and/or muscle derived stem cells on myocardial infarction. † J Transl Med. 2012; 10:1-11.  (Impact factor 3.47) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22871104

Chow SL, Ng TM, Litwinski RA, Kangavari S, Weiss, M.  Effect of iodixanol and ioxilan on QT interval and renal function in patients with systolic heart failure.† Int J Cardiol 2012; 154(1):17-21. (Impact factor 6.802). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20870304

Talatinian A, Chow SL, Heywood, JT.  Mineralocorticoid Receptor Antagonists: an expanding role in heart failure.  Pharmacotherapy. 2012; 32(9): 827-837. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22949142

Finks SW, Airee A, Chow SL, MacCauley TE, Moranville MP, Rogers KC Trujillo TC.  Key Articles of Dietary Interventions that Influence Cardiovascular Mortality.  Pharmacotherapy. 2012; 32(4):e54-87. doi: 10.1002/j.1875-9114.2011.01087.x https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22392596

Chow SL, Singh H, DiDomenico R, Dunn SP, Johnson SG, Marrs J, Vardeny O, Bleske BE.  Key Articles Related to Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Cardiovascular Disease: Part II. Pharmacotherapy  2011:31(10)1041.  https://www.pharmacotherapy.org/pdf/Key_Articles/Pharm3110e_Chow-CAM_pt2.pdf

Chow SL, O’Barr SA, Peng JT, Chew EE, Pak F, Patel P, Quist R, Patterson JH, Heywood JT.  Modulation of novel cardiorenal and inflammatory biomarkers by intravenous nitroglycerin and nesiritide in acute decompensated heart failure: An exploratory study.  Circ Heart Fail. 2011;4:450-455.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22392596

Chow SL, O’Barr SA, Peng JT, Chew EE, Pak F, Patel P, Quist R, Patterson JH, Heywood JT.  Renal function and neurohormonal changes following intravenous infusions of nitroglycerin vs. nesiritide in patients with acute decompensated heart failure  (ABC-HFT study).  J Card Fail. 2011 Mar;17(3):181-7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21362524

Chow SL, Houseman D, Phung T, French W.  Transient Acute Decompensated Heart Failure Following Propofol and Fentanyl Administration in a Healthy 19-Year Old Patient.  Congestive Heart Failure 2010;16(2):80-81. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Transient+Acute+Decompensated+Heart+Failure+Following+Propofol+and+Fentanyl+Administration+in+a+Healthy+19-Year+Old+Patient

Chow  SL, Dorsch M,  Dunn S,  Jackevicius C, Page RL, Trujillo T, Vardeny O, Wiggins B, Bleske BE.  Key Articles Related to Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Cardiovascular Disease: Part I (Vol 30, No 1). Pharmacotherapy 2010;30(1):109. www.pharmacotherapy.org/pdf/Key_Articles/Pharm3001e_Chow-CAM-KA.pdf   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20030478

Jackevicius CA, Page, RL, Chow S, Dunn SP, Lee CR, Ng TMH, Rodgers JE, Vardeny O, Wiggins BS, Munger MA. High-impact articles related to the management of heart failure: 2008 update. Pharmacotherapy 2009;29:82-120.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=High-impact+articles+related+to+the+management+of+heart+failure%3A+2008+update.+Pharmacotherapy+2009%3B29%3A82-120.

Lead Authors:  Barsuk J, Casey DE, Graff LG, Green A, Mace S.; Contributing Authors:  Bhargava R, Berkowitz R, Blank L, Chow SL, Hawkins M, Karunaratne H, LeVine T, Moran P, Peacock F, Trupp R, Tsikouris J, Watson P, Yen T, Wellikson L.  The Observation Unit: An Observational Overview for the Hospitalist.  Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) White Paper Website: http://www.hospitalmedicine.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=White_Papers&Template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=21890

Chow SL, Peng, J, Okamoto M, Heywood JT.  Effect of Nesiritide Infusion Duration on Renal Function in Acutely Decompensated Heart Failure Patients. †  Annals of Pharmacotherapy 2007;41(4):556-61. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17389662

Nazer L, Chow SL, Moghissi E.  Insulin Infusion Protocols for Critically Ill Patients: A Highlight of Differences and Similarities.  Endocr Pract 2007;13:137-146. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17490927

Litwinski RA, Donayre CE, Chow SL, Song TK,  Kopchok G, Walot I, White RA. The Role of Aortic Neck Dilation and Elongation in the Etiology of Stent Graft Migration Following Endovascular AAA Repair with a Passive Fixation Device. †  Journal of Vascular Surgery 2006;44:1176-81. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17145418

Chow SL, Cheung R.  Aspirin Resistance: A growing concern. Formulary 2006; 41:192-201.

Kwok M, Chow SL, Holt J, Moses Chow.  Panic Disorder, A Pharmacologic Armamentarium Formulary 2003; 38:431-438.

Corbelli J, Janicke D, Chow S, Pruski M  ACSETS: Acute Coronary Syndrome Emergency Treatment Strategies. Critical Pathways in Cardiology 2003;2(2):71-87. 

Corbelli J, Janicke D, Chow SL, Pruski M  ACSETS: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18340323

Chow SL, Zammit K, West K, Dannenhoffer MA, Lopez-Candales A.  Correlations with Renal Function and Anti-Factor Xa in patients on Low Molecular Weight Heparin.  Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 2003;43:586-590. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12817521

Chow SL, Luzier AB, DiTusa L, Snyder BD, Izzo JL.  Acid-Suppressive Therapy Use Associated with Antihypertensive Agents. Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. 2001;41:750-756. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1177/00912700122010654/abstract

Chow SL, Tomlinson B, Chow M.  Pharmacologic management of insomnia:  assessing the nonbenzodiazepine hypnotics.  Formulary. 2000;35(11):894-903.