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The College of Pharmacy celebrates the accomplishments of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni. See our posts below to learn more about the many ways our College contributes to knowledge creation, research, service to our communities, and service to our profession.

  • Accomplishments for October 2021


    A.R. Mercadante, S. Lee, K. Uh, A. Chau, U. Truong, A. Jeong, M. Hata, A.V. Law. Impact of adherence goal awareness intervention on PDC in various settings: Does awareness help modify medication-taking behavior?, Exploratory Research in Clinical and Social Pharmacy, Volume 4, 2021, 100072, ISSN 2667-2766,

  • Accomplishments for September 2021


    Aya F. Ozaki, Harlan M. Krumholz, Freny Vaghaiwalla Mody, Tien T. Tran, Quan T. Le, Mai Yokota and Cynthia A. Jackevicius Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

    Drs. Roosan, Law, Kim and their research team published an article in npj Digital Medicine, entitled Scoping review: the empowerment of Alzheimer’s Disease caregivers with mHealth applications. Click here for the article.

  • Accomplishments for August 2021

    Awards and Recognition

    Congratulations to the following dedicated employees for their milestone years of service here:

    Dr. Preeti Kotha secured funding in the amount of $10,000 through CalVaxGrant, which is funded by California Department of Public Health (administered by Physicians for a Health California) in support of COVID-19 vaccination efforts in the community. Moreover, the application received and additional $1,000 given the high priority areas being served.

    Poster Presentations

    Dr. Shawn Smith attended the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists Annual Conference, and presented a 40-minute breakout session titled, “New Recommendations for Tobacco Cessation Treatment.”

    Nguyen NL (Class of 2021), Nguyen, ST (Class of 2021), Nguyen H, Gogineni HP. Impact of Limiting Short-Acting Opioids on Chronic Pain Management in Veterans at VA Loma Linda.

    Aljanabi R (Class of 2021), Mendoza K (Class of 2021), Uong S (Class of 2021), Gogineni HP. Innovative Teaching Methods During COVID-19: Pre-Recorded Video Lectures Vs. Virtual Case-Based Learning.


    Ozaki AF, Krumholz HM, Mody FV, Jackevicius CA. National trends in the use of sacubitril/valsartan. J Card Fail 2021;27:839-47.

    Jackevicius CA. A practical introduction to conducting and using case-control studies. J Amer Coll Clin Pharm 2021:DOI:10.1002/jac5.1501

    Cohen Sedgh R, Moon Jungyeon, Jackevicius CA. Neoplasm reports in food and drug administration adverse event reporting system following angiotensin receptor blocker recalls. Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes 2021.

    Chow SL (Chair), Sasson C (Vice Chair), Benjamin I, Califf RM, Compton WM, Oliva EM, Robson C, Sanchez, EJ, on behalf of the American Heart Association.  Opioid Use and Its Relationship to Cardiovascular Disease and Brain Health: A Presidential Advisory From the American Heart Association.  Circulation. 2021;144:00–00. DOI: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000001007. Click here for article.

  • Accomplishments for July 2021

    Awards and Recognition

    Congratulations to the following dedicated employees for their milestone years of service here:


    Dr. Anandi Law has been selected to serve as a delegate for the American Pharmacist Association, Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APhA-APRS). Dr. Law will be attending all APhA-APRS caucuses and APhA House of Delegate sessions. This is an honor and distinction as Dr. Law was chosen amongst all her peers to represent the Academy based on prior service. It is also a great opportunity to advocate for the profession. Her term began on July 21, 2021 and concludes on June 30, 2022.


    Lieu E, Mercadante AR, Schwartzman ELaw AV. Transitions of Care at WesternU Health: An Implementation Science Approach. RSAP (2021)

  • Accomplishments for June 2021


    Dr. Ryu and colleagues published a manuscript in Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/Hemostasis titled “Critical Analysis of Apixaban Dose Adjustment Criteria.” The authors examined each dosage adjustment criteria for the use of apixaban, and the associated clinical outcomes for the treatment of venous thromboembolism. The authors concluded that the rationale for reduced-dose apixaban for non-valvular atrial fibrillation (based on age >80 years, weight <60 kg, and SCr >1.5 mg/dl) appear arbitrary, as these criteria are not consistent with the cut-off points reported in clinical studies. After a thorough literature review including both pharmacokinetic and clinical data, the clinical relevance of applying the manufacturer-recommended dosing criteria requires additional analysis and further confirmation in well-designed randomized controlled trials.”

    Vu A, Qu TT, Ryu R, et al. Critical Analysis of Apixaban Dose Adjustment Criteria. Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/Hemostasis. 2021;27:16.

    Dr. Ryu also submitted a letter to the editor in response to the article “Thromboembolic events in atrial fibrillation: Different level of risk and pattern between peripheral artery disease and coronary artery disease,” published in Archives of Cardiovascular diseases. In her response, Dr. Ryu discussed the concern with censoring patients who were prescribed anticoagulants, and the need to provide such data to reduce bias in future studies.

    Ryu R. Letter to the editor: Response to “Thromboembolic events in atrial fibrillation: Different level of risk and pattern between peripheral artery disease and coronary artery disease,” by Yu-Sheng Lin, et al., 2021. Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases. 2021;114:176-186.

    Nandkeolyar S, Ryu R, Mohammed A, et al. A Review of Inotropes and Inopressors for Effective Utilization in Patients with Acute Decompensated Heart Failure. Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology.  2021 – Published Ahead of Print.

    Wagh PR, Desai P, Prabhu SWang J. Nanotechnology-Based Celastrol Formulations and Their Therapeutic Applications. Frontiers in Pharmacology. 2021;12(1292). doi: 10.3389/fphar.2021.673209.

    Continuing Education

    Dr. Ryu provided an ACPE-accredited CE for CSHP on May 18, 2021 entitled: “2021 Updates to Heart Failure Management: Where do the New Drugs Get SQUEEZED In?” The program was very well-received with a high turnout rate. Dr. Ryu received a request to provide a similar talk through an educational event for a CSHP affiliate chapter in Northern California this fall.

  • Accomplishments for May 2021

    Awards and Recognition

    Congratulations to the following dedicated employees for their milestone years of service here:

    25 years: Julie Avila


    Maged Tanios, Huan Mark NguyenQuang A. Le, Hyunsoon Park, and John W. Devlin. Fentanyl- and midazolam-induced coma each influence days of mechanical ventilation and 28-day mortality: a post hoc analysis of a randomized controlled analgosedation trial. Intensive Care Med.

    David J. Sanchez, Ph.D. is featured in American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s Academic Pharmacy Now discussing WesternU student pharmacists’ roles with social media to advocate for the COVID-19 vaccine. Cantlupe JA. Voicing Support for Vaccination. Academic Pharmacy Now. 2021 April 27;(2): 5-8. Link to Article

    Abdel-Qadir H, Singh SM, Pang A, Austin PC, Jackevicius CA, Tu K, Dorian P, Ko DT. Evaluation of the risk of stroke without anticoagulant therapy in men and women with atrial fibrillation aged 66 to 74 years without other CHADS2-VASc factors. JAMA Cardiol 2021;doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2021.1232. Published online May 19, 2021.

    Faheem M, Zhang CJ, Morris MN, Pleiss J, Oelschlaeger P. Role of Synonymous Mutations in the Evolution of TEM β-Lactamase Genes. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. 2021;65(6):e00018-21. doi: 10.1128/aac.00018-21. Link to Article

    Conference Presentations

    Anne KuglerMark NguyenJason Wong. Perspectives on Remote Rotations: An Interactive Panel Discussion. May 13th
    Please note, this session was moderated by 2016 alumni, Dr. Brandon Samson.

    Joelle AyoubErik SkoglundMark Nguyen. How to Maintain Resilience and Overcome Challenges of Virtual Experiential Learning. May 13th

    Emmanuelle Schwartzman. Precepting Pearls: Structuring Your Learning Experience to Support Student/Resident Success. May 15th

  • Accomplishments for April 2021

    Awards and Recognition

    Congratulations to the following dedicated employees for their milestone years of service here:

    5 years: Mario Jimenez

    Dr. David Jesse Sanchez on his R21 grant in the amount of $347,212 from the NIH National Cancer Institute for the project, “Disruption of Type I Interferon Induction by a KSHV Homologue of IPS-1”. Due to its proposed work on Kaposi’s Sarcoma, this project was awarded under a NIH notice of special interest on “High” Priority AIDS Research on AIDS-defining Cancers. This grant focuses on the discovery by Dr. Sanchez’s laboratory that KSHV, the virus that causes Kaposi’s Sarcoma, often in AIDS patients, has stolen and modified a gene from the human genome so the virus can block the activation of antiviral immunity.

    The aims of these studies will allow new avenues of therapy allowing the immune system to recover immune activity against this virus. With this grant, Dr. Sanchez’s laboratory in the College of Pharmacy has been awarded almost one million dollars in NIH funding to study the immune response to HIV and AIDS-associated malignancies.

    Dr. Sheryl Chow was recently invited by AHA to provide a 40-minute Q&A on the topic of opioids overdose and cardiac arrest. She currently serves on numerous AHA committees and is Immediate Past-Chair of the AHA Clinical Pharmacology Committee and Writing Group Chair of the AHA Presidential Advisory Paper on Opioids in the Management of Cardiovascular Disease and Brain Health. Naloxone and Pharmacy segment:

    Full 40 minute program:


    Dr. Don Roosan coauthored a paper entitled: SARS-CoV-2 early infection signature identified potential key infection mechanisms and drug targets. The link to the article can be found here:

    Ayoub J, McGregor JC, Castner RM, Singh H. Opportunities for successful de-escalation of proton pump inhibitors at a federally qualified health center. BMC Pharmacol Toxicol 22, 20 (2021).

    David Sanchez: Cantlupe JA. Voicing Support for Vaccination. Academic Pharmacy Now. 2021 April 27;(2): 5-8. Link to Article

  • Accomplishments for February 2021

    Awards and Recognition

    Dr. Ying Huang (PI), Dr. Brad Andresen (Co-I), Dr. Cyrus Parsa (Consultant; COMP), and Dr. Ayaz Shahid (Postdoctoral Fellow) on their $141,000 R03 NIH-National Cancer Institute grant, “Chemoprevention of lung cancer with the β-blocker carvedilol”. This two-year project addresses the unmet need of lung cancer, the deadliest type of cancer worldwide.

    Dr. Rachel Ryu, Sylvia Uong (PharmD 2021), and Edison Escobar (PharmD 2021) volunteered at Foothill Presbyterian Hospital as well as Pomona Valley Hospital to be in the front lines assisting with COVID vaccine administration. Their efforts were recognized and highlighted in a recent issue of InfoSource, California Society of Health-System Pharmacists newsletter.

    Dr. Maria Lambros (PI) received an NIH-National Cancer Institute R41 (Small Business Technology Transfer) Award in collaboration with DoricPharma. The $299,559 award entitled, “Using Targeted Lipid Nanoparticles to Deliver Chemotherapeutic Agents Against Pancreatic Cancer” will further develop the laboratory’s intellectual property of Targeted Lipid Nanoparticles.

    Arbi Nazarian, PhD was named a co-editor of the journal Neuropharmacology’s special issue on Vulnerabilities to Substance Abuse.

    Kabir Lutfy, PhD received a $50,000 contract with Astraea Therapeutics, LLC for the project entitled “Characterization of Nociceptin Ligands in Mouse Models of Reward”. The goal is to study the effects of a series of novel NOP/MOP bifunctional ligands and their effects on oxycodone reward.

    Kabir Lutfy, PhD received a $139,000 contract with Astraea Therapeutics, LLC for the project entitled “Validating the Nociceptin Receptor for Treating Craving and Withdrawal-associated Affect in Cocaine Addiction Pharmacotherapy”. The goal is to study the effect of NOP ligands on cocaine sensitization as well as on anxiety associated with cocaine withdrawal in mice. This project is a part of Astraea Therapeutics, LLC’s NIH NIDA U18 Grant Award.

    Dr. Anandi Law, the Associate Dean of Assessment for the College of Pharmacy, has had another successful ACCP Peer Review of her Research Fellowship in Health Outcomes. The peer-review committee found that Dr. Law’s program meets the ACCP Fellowship Guidelines and was given the full 5 year mark for her next review. Dr. Law has coordinated and managed a strong and well-admired fellowship program. Her program emphasizes research (75%) and teaching. This fellowship, established in 2003, was the first post-doc program in the COP. Since then, Dr. Law has graduated 7 health outcomes Fellows and is currently precepting her 9th Fellow. Her 8th fellow left the program early to pursue a career in industry. Her fellows have been involved in numerous publications and grants during their fellowships. In total, Dr. Law’s Fellows have published 25 journal articles, 49 posters/abstracts, and 2 book chapters with Dr. Law.

    Dr. Rachel Ryu has been selected as the Membership Committee Chair for the Inland Regional Chapter of the California Society of Health System Pharmacists. She will be installed tonight, Thursday, March 11th.


    Dr. Don Roosan’s publication in the August 2020 issue of The Pharmacogenomics Journal has been selected to be in the collection Readers Choice: The best of The Pharmacogenomics Journal 2020. The article titled “Pharmacogenomics Cascade Testing (PhaCT): a Novel Approach for Preemptive Pharmacogenomics Testing to Optimize Medication Therapy” is among the top 12 articles of 2020 for the journal.

    Jackevicius CA, Lu L, Ghaznavi Z, Warner AL. Bleeding Risk of Direct Oral Anticoagulants in Patients with Heart Failure and Atrial Fibrillation. Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Link to Abstract

    Cruz B, Carcoba LM, Flores RJ, Espinoza EJ, Nazarian A, O’Dell LE. Insulin restores the neurochemical effects of nicotine in the mesolimbic pathway of diabetic rats. J Neurochem. 2021 Jan;156(2):200-211. doi: 10.1111/jnc.15104. Epub 2020 Jul 22. PMID: 32562571; PMCID: PMC7749845. Link to Abstract

    Nazarian A, Negus SS, Martin TJ. Factors Mediating Pain-Related Risk for Opioid Use Disorder. Neuropharmacology. 2021:108476. Epub 2021/02/02. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2021.108476. PubMed PMID: 33524407. Link to Abstract

    Stephen CB, Arezoo C. Melatonin and Regulation of Immune Function: Impact on Numerous Diseases. Current Aging Science. 2020;13(2):92-101. doi: Link to Abstract

    Neshan M, Campbell A, Malakouti SK, Zareii M, Ahangari G. Gene expression of serotonergic markers in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of patients with late-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Heliyon. 2020;6(8):e04716. doi: Link to Abstract

    Fatemeh A, Farid D, Arezoo C, Farrokh A, Ghasem A. Characterization of Dopamine Receptor Associated Drugs on the Proliferation and Apoptosis of Prostate Cancer Cell Lines. Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry. 2021;21(9):1160-71. doi: Link to Abstract

    Chan P, Uchizono J. Chapter 2: Pharmacokinetics. In: Luu B, Kayingo G, McCoy V, eds. Advanced Pharmacology for Prescribers. New York, NY, USA: Springer Publishing; 2021.

    Uchizono J, Chan P. Chapter 3: Pharmacodynamics. In: Luu B, Kayingo G, McCoy V, eds. Advanced Pharmacology for Prescribers. New York, NY, USA: Springer Publishing; 2021.

    Sharon J, Gogineni HP, Ferry LH, Kim J, Kim R, Suppogu N, Wei J, Conn K, and Merz CN. Delayed Care of Microvascular Angina in a Bikini Healthcare System. Arch Clin Case Rep 2021; 2:120-124.

    Stojakovic A, Ahmad SM, Malhotra S, Afzal Z, Ahmed M, Lutfy K. The role of pituitary adenylyl cyclase-activating polypeptide in the motivational effects of addictive drugs.

    Nguyen K, Kanamori K, Shin CS, Hamid A, Lutfy K. The Impact of Sex on Changes in Plasma Corticosterone and Cotinine Levels Induced by Nicotine in C57BL/6J Mice. Brain Sciences. 2020;10(10):705. PubMed PMID: doi:10.3390/brainsci10100705.

    Nega S, Marquez P, Hamid A, Ahmad SM, Lutfy K. The role of pituitary adenylyl cyclase activating polypeptide in affective signs of nicotine withdrawal. Journal of Neuroscience Research. 2020;98(8):1549-60. doi:

    Smith SR, Ruiz CW, Ali S, et al. A pharmacist-led collaborative care model for cardiometabolic risk reduction: a case study. ADCES in Practice. Published online February 17, 2021.

  • Accomplishments for January 2021

    Awards and Recognition

    Congratulations to the following dedicated employees for their milestone years of service here:

    15 years: David Min and Renee Cook

    10 years: Quang Le

    5 years: Wesley Botello-Smith

    Dr. James Scott, Associate Dean for Experiential and Professional Affairs for the College of Pharmacy, is the new President-Elect for the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Through the years he has held many leadership positions in CSHP and has served on its Board of Directors.

    Dr. Don Roosan has been appointed to the FDA’s Network of Digital Health Experts (NoDEx) committee. NoDEx will support Digital Health Center of Excellence, the goal of which is to empower stakeholders to advance health care by fostering responsible and high-quality digital health innovation.

    The Rho Chi Gamma Sigma Chapter at WesternU has been selected as a 2019-2020 finalist for the Chapter Achievement Award! The winner will be determined on March 6th, 2021. This is the second time that the WesternU chapter has won this distinction. Congratulations to Dr. Emmanuelle Schwartzman for her mentorship and the 2019-2020 chapter officers for their hard work.


    Roosan D, Hwang A, Law AV, Roosan MR; The inclusion of health data standards in the implementation of pharmacogenomics systems: a scoping review, Pharmacogenomics 2020 21:16, 1191-1202

    Roosan D, Chok J, Karim M, Law AV, Baskys A, Hwang A, Roosan MR, Artificial Intelligence–Powered Smartphone App to Facilitate Medication Adherence: Protocol for a Human Factors Design Study; JMIR Res Protoc 2020;9(11):e21659, DOI: 10.2196/21659, PMID: 33164898, PMCID: 7683257

    Rogith D, Satterly T, Singh HM, Sittig DF, Russo R, Smith MW, Roosan D, Bhise V MBBS, Murphy DR. Application of Human Factors Methods to Understand Missed Follow-up of Abnormal Test Results. Appl Clin Inf. 2020;11(05):692–8.

    Mercadante AR, Law AV. Will They, or Won’t They? Examining Patients’ Vaccine Intention for Flu and COVID-19 Using the Health Belief Model. Res Social Adm Pharm 2020.

    Jackevicius CA. Evidence-Based Medicine in the COVID-19 Era. Can J Hosp Pharm 2021; 74(1):3.

    Aranda JP, Smith SR, Nguyen HN, Jap C, Gogineni HP. Virtual Physical Assessment Training During the COVID-19 Pandemic- Student Pharmacists’ Performance and Perceptions. Pharm Ed 2020; 20(2): 165-173.

    Dr. Dimittri Delevry (former outcomes fellow of Dr. Quang Le) and Dr. Eric Guptarecently published an article titled, “Bempedoic Acid: Review of a Novel Therapy in Lipid Management,” in the American Journal of Heath System Pharmacy. In this paper, Dr. Delevery and Dr. Gupta provided a review on the role of Bempedoic acid as an alternative for statin intolerant patients, or those who do not adequately achieve target LDL-C goal despite optimal statin therapy. Delevery D, Gupta EK. Bempedoic acid: Review of a novel therapy in lipid management. Am J Health Syst Pharm 2021; 78(2):95-104

    Dr. Anandi V. Law led a panel of speakers in an AACP webinar held on Jan 25, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (ET). There were 217 registrants, 152 attendees at the GoTo webinar, and numerous questions that followed. 5 Key Steps for developing Well-Being among our Students Hosted by the Well-Being and Resiliency Community. Objectives: Understanding components of Well Being, Grit and a Growth Mindset. Assessment of Well Being, Grit and Mindset using validated tools. Planning a longitudinal program at our institutions in a step-wise, progressive and practical manner.

  • Accomplishments for December 2020

    Awards and Recognition

    Congratulations to the following dedicated employees for their milestone years of service here:

    5 years: Ivette Martinez


    Cohen Sedgh R, Moon J, Jackevicius CA. Reporting of neoplasms following angiotensin receptor recalls using the FDA adverse event reporting system database.

    Moon J, Cohen Sedgh R, Jackevicius CA. Examining the nocebo effect of statins through statin adverse events reported in the FDA adverse event reporting system database (FAERS).

    Moon J, Cohen Sedgh R, Jackevicius CA. Examining the nocebo effect of statins through statin adverse events reported in the FDA adverse event reporting system database (FAERS). Circulation Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 2020;

    Shurrab M, Koh M, Jackevicius C, Qiu F, Tu K, Conlon J, Caswell J, Austin P, Ko DT. Rates and predictors of co-prescribing common interacting cardiovascular medications in atrial fibrillation patients on direct oral anticoagulants.

    Heba Diab & Benjamin Malcolm (2020) Persistent Tinnitus after Inhaled N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT), Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, DOI: 10.1080/02791072.2020.1847366

    Luu T, Smith SR. Free Clinic Start-Up During the COVID-19 Pandemic. CAFCC 2020. November 2020.

  • Accomplishments for November 2020

    Awards and Recognition

    Congratulations to the following dedicated employees for their milestone years of service here:

    30 years: Letty Ramirez

    10 years: Stacy Rye

    Under the guidance and supervision of Dr. Mario Jimenez, the National Community Pharmacist Association, WesternU Chapter business plan, “Atlantic Pharmacy,” was once again top ten in the business plan competition this year. Student pharmacists PharmD 2022 Brandon Sainz, Dai (David) Thai, Stella Gee, Phillip Gao, Anish Dalal, Melissa Fryhling, ShanCHao (Howard) Yang, and Keysi Ekmekciyan (PharmD 2023) developed a truly well-planned proposal that gained a lot of attention at the annual meeting.


    Kelly C. Lee, Estelle Kim, Jaye Kim, Malcolm B, Grace M. Kuo, Anne Bird, David Feifel; Development of an innovative adult attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder clinic. Mental Health Clinician 1 September 2020; 10 (5): 296–300. doi:

    Skoglund E, Ayoub J, Nguyen HM. Specialized Pharmacist Roles and Perspectives in the Collaborative Management of COVID-19. Journal of Pharmacy Practice. November 2020. doi:10.1177/0897190020966192

    Poster Presentations

    Dr. Jason Wong, Christian Lee (Director Elect of Community Service, PharmD 2023) and Noah Vannarat (Chair Elect, PharmD 2023) presented a poster at the National Community Pharmacist Association Annual Convention and Expo titled, “Assessing Social Media Presence and Student-Led Activities: A review of National Community Pharmacists Association Student Chapters in the United States.”

    Dr. Jason Wong, Dr. Patrick Li (Class of 2020), Kevin Mancilla (PharmD 2022), and Lin Aye (PharmD 2022), presented a poster at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting titled “Assessing Student Pharmacists’ Readiness for Management and Examining Pharmacy Managers’ Perception of Important Responsibilities.”

    Ryu Rachel, Hong M, Thi N, Vasquez M, Tran H. Potential impact of holidays on international normalized ratio (INR) in warfarin-users at a multidisciplinary clinic. California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) Seminar. Virtual Conference. October 2020. Poster.

    Liu J, Varona J, Jeong A, Hsieh J, Balady-Bouzian N, Chan Patrick. Association of Being Discharged with An Antidepressant on Future Alcohol-related Readmissions in Patients with Depression. California Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Seminar, October 2020, (Virtual poster presentation). PharmD Class of 2020: Ashley Jeong, Jane Hsieh, PharmD Class of 2021: Jerald Varona

    Varona J, Liu J, Moradi-Masihi A, Keyvani M, Balady-Bouziane N, Chan Patrick. Association of Discharging Schizophrenia Patients on an Antipsychotic Medication on Future Alcohol-Related Readmissions. California Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Seminar, October 2020, (Virtual poster presentation). PharmD Class of 2020: Angineh, Moradi-Masihi, Mona Keyvani, PharmD Class of 2021: Jerald Varona, Jenny Liu

    Liu J, Varona J, Darakchyan A, Balady-Bouziane N, Chan Patrick. Association of Being Discharged with an Antipsychotic on Alcohol-related Readmissions in Patients with Bipolar Disorder. California Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Seminar, October 2020, (Virtual poster presentation). PharmD Class of 2020: Ani Darakchyan, PharmD Class of 2021: Jerald Varona, Jenny Liu

    Semerjian R, Zinzalian S, Balady-Bouziane N, Chan Patrick. Impact of Pharmacist-Led Antibiotic Stewardship Program in the Emergency Department. California Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Seminar, October 2020, (Virtual poster presentation). PharmD Class of 2015: Sareen Zinzalian (CO2015), PharmD Class of 2020: Rita Semerjian

    Thai E, Entabi R, Balady-Bouziane N, Chan Patrick. Impact of Pharmacy Staff Performing Medication History in High-Risk Patients and Reducing Potential Medication Errors. California Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Seminar, October 2020, (Virtual poster presentation). PharmD Class of 2020: Elaine Thai

    Mendoza K, Shah S, Entabi R, Meymandi S, Balady-Bouziane N, Chan Patrick. Impact of Pharmacy-led Congestive Heart Failure Medication Titration Clinic. California Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Seminar, October 2020, (Virtual poster presentation). PharmD Class of 2021: Keana Mendoza

    Smith Shawn R, Uong S, Vu T, Galan D, Edwards P, Florea N. Implementation of Pharmacist-led COVID-19 Prevention Program in the Homeless Population. Clinical Forum Poster Presentation. American College of Clinical Pharmacy Conference. October 2020. PharmD Class of 2021: : Sylvia Uong, Tina Vu, Derick Galan, Patience Edwards

    Jap C, Nguyen H, Smith SR, Aranda J, Gogineni H. Virtual Physical Assessment Training During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Student Research In-Progress Poster Presentation. American College of Clinical Pharmacy Conference. October 2020. PharmD Class of 2021: Christina Jap and Han Nguyen, PPAD Faculty: Drs. Shawn Smith, Josephine Aranda, and Hyma Gogineni

    Conference Presentations

    Bucheit JD, Smith SR. Comparing a Collaborative Care and a Standard Practice Models’ Quality Metrics in People with Diabetes. ADCES20 Conference Presentation. August 2020.

    Smith SR. Slaying the Silent Killer: Optimizing Hypertension Treatment in the Free Clinic Setting. National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics Symposium Presentation. October 2020

  • Accomplishments for October 2020

    Awards and Recognition

    Congratulations to the following dedicated employees for their milestone years of service here:

    15 years: Jenny Barajas

    5 years: Jenny Kang

    Dr. Janice Hoffman was named President Elect of CALTCM at the Summit for Excellence Annual Meeting of the California Association of Long-Term Care Medicine (CALTCM). She is the first pharmacist to serve in this capacity, and will be the first to represent CALTCM at the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine-American Medical Directors Association House of Delegates meeting. It is a two-year term, and she will begin her position as President in 2022.


    Delevry D, Ho A, Le QA. Association between Processes of Diabetes Care and Healthcare Utilization in Patients with Diabetes: Evidence from a Nationally Representative U.S. Sample. Journal of Diabetes (IP = 3.28).

    Le QA, Kang JH, Lee S, Delevry D. Cost-Effectiveness of Treatment Strategies with Biologics in Accordance with Treatment Guidelines for Ankylosing Spondylitis: A Patient-Leve Model. Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy (IP = 3.02). 2020;26(10):1219-1231.

    Le QA, Delevry D, Ho A. Differences between Processes of Diabetes Care and Diabetes Self-Care and Their Respective Perspectives. Journal of Diabetes (IP = 3.28).

  • Accomplishments for September 2020

    Awards and Recognition

    Congratulations to the following dedicated employees for their milestone years of service here:

    10 years: Peter Oelschlaeger

    5 years: Jennifer Park


    Schwartzman E, Lee S, Chung E, Law A. Assessing Communication Skills in Student Pharmacists- Psychometric Validation of Global Communication Rubric. Patient Education and Counseling (2020), DOI 10.1016/j.pec.2020.08.036

    Dawoud D, Chen A, Verner Rossing C, Garcia-Cardenas V, Law AV, Aslani P, Bates I, Babar Z, Desselle S. Pharmacy Practice Research Priorities during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Recommendations of a Panel of Experts Convened by FIP Pharmacy Practice Research Special Interest Group. Res Social Adm Pharm 2020. DOI 10.1016/j.sapharm.2020.08.020

    With the supervision and mentorship of Dr. Hyma Gogineni, four Pharm.D. Class of 2021 student pharmacists Ngoc-Linh Nguyen, Shannon Nguyen, Chi Lok Leung, and Han Nguyen published a summary of the current on-going SARS-CoV-2 vaccine trials in Pharmacy Times. In their report, the authors described the status of the various vaccine candidates, and preliminary results.

  • Accomplishments for August 2020

    Awards and Recognition

    Congratulations to the following dedicated employee for their milestone years of service here:

    10 years: Desiree Hickam

    Dr. Don Roosan has been invited as a reviewer in NIH’s Biomedical Computing and Health Informatics (BCHI) study section of the Center for Scientific Review board for the year 2020-2022. The BCHI study section reviews applications that develop computing technology, the use of data mining and analytics methods, simulation data models, and technical software intended for eventual translation of research in clinical decision support tools and technology.

    Dr. Don Roosan has been appointed as an invited member of the Clinical Pharmacogenomics Implementation Consortium (CPIC) for his informatics and clinical pharmacy research experiences. The NIH’s Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC) was formed as a shared project between PharmGKB and the Pharmacogenomics Research Network (PGRN) in 2009. The goal of CPIC is to accelerate the proper use of pharmacogenomic tests in the clinic. CPIC creates, curates, and updates guidelines that enable the translation of genetic laboratory test results into actionable prescribing decisions for specific drugs.


    Dr. Anandi Law served as a member of an American Pharmacists Association (APhA) expert panel which authored a white paper titled “Credentialing in the Pharmacy Profession.” The report chronicles the credentialing and privileging processes. Furthermore, the report describes the results of a national survey that appraised pharmacists’ familiarity with credentialing. The survey was a collaboration between Western University of Health Sciences and APhA, led by Dr. Law, and also co-authored by Dr. Micah Hata in a publication in 2019. The partnership was duly noted in the opening letter from the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Thomas E. Menighan. The link to the APhA Practice Perspectives Report and reference to the publication in Innovations in Pharmacy are provided below.

    Lee S, Dao N, Hata M, and Law A. Credentialing in pharmacy practice: examining pharmacist views and perceptions. Innov Pharm. 2019;10(4):1-9.

    Lutfy K. Opioid Crisis-An Emphasis on Fentanyl Analogs. Brain sciences. 2020;10(8). Epub 2020/07/31. doi: 10.3390/brainsci10080485. PubMed PMID: 32726995. Link to Abstract

    Dr. Don Roosan and his team published an article titled “Pharmacogenomics cascade testing (PhaCT): a novel approach for preemptive pharmacogenomics testing to optimize medication therapy” in the journal in Nature. Among the coauthors was Dr. Angela Hwang who diligently worked with Dr. Roosan as a PharmD rotation student since last year. In this paper, the authors explored the willingness of patients to share PGx results, as well as the inclusion of family medication history in identifying potential family members for pharmacogenomics cascade testing (PhaCT). The genetic similarities in families allow for identifying possible gene variants prior to official preemptive testing. The authors provided the groundwork for a national level adoption for pharmacogenomics testing using the novel PhaCT model. In the supplementary section, there is a 5-minute video presentation of the paper.

    Dr. Don Roosan and his team have published “Operationalizing healthcare big data in electronic health records using a heatmap visualization technique” in Scitepress digital library. In this paper, the authors utilized informatics techniques to visualize complex electronic health records data to understand the patient’s severity and acuity.

  • Accomplishments for July 2020

    Awards and Recognition

    Congratulations to the following dedicated employee for their milestone years of service here:

    15 years: Dr. Donald Hsu

    Dr. Arbi Nazarian received intramural funding for his research project entitled “Characterization of Pain-induced Impulsivity in Rats”. The goal of Dr. Nazarian’s study is to if determine if painful stimuli produce impulsivity is distinct between males and females and if it is sensitive to opioid medicines within the brain’s reward system. The findings will help to advance research on different mechanisms that affect pain-induced impulsivity and changes in the mesolimbic regions of the brain.

    Dr. Josephine Aranda is a recipient of the ACCP Ambulatory Care PRN Innovation Grant. Dr. Aranda’s proposal includes working with students to create tutorials for the Essential Medical Spanish Program, with plans of utilizing a standardized participant to simulate a clinical practice environment.

    Dr. Hyma Gogineni served as an American Thoracic Society guideline panelist for the publication of “Initiating Pharmacologic Treatment of Tobacco Dependence in Adults: An Official American Thoracic Society Clinical Practice Guideline.” While most treatment guidelines describe the efficacy of various interventions, this publication is the first and only guideline to address specific pharmacotherapy implementation, interventions, and management in patients with tobacco-dependence. The link to the abstract and article is provided here:

  • Accomplishments for June 2020

    Awards and Recognition

    Dr. Micah Hata has been elected as a Trustee of California Pharmacists Association. As a member of the Board of Trustees, his charge includes developing the vision and strategy, providing fiscal oversight, and building leadership skills in members. It is a three year term starting September, 2020.

    Dr. Anne Kugler has been invited to serve on the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education editorial board. It is a three year term beginning in August. The American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education is the official publication of American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, with a focus on advancing pharmacy education.

    Dr. Shawn Smith continues to be in the front lines and provide care for the under served community. Through the not-for-profit organization Symba Center, Dr. Smith received a $20,000 grant from the Inland Empire Community Foundation. It should be noted that three student pharmacists (PharmD 2021) assisted with the preparation of the grant proposal: Tina Vu, Derick Galan, and Sylvia Uong. The funds will be purposed towards securing resources for the medical care of low-income residents in the Inland Empire.

    Dr. Don Roosan received intramural funding for his study titled “Diagnosing Early Alzheimer’s Diseases Using a Smartphone Application and Integrating Caregivers into Healthcare Team Model.” The objective of Dr. Roosan’s study is to develop a digital platform that integrates all the cognitive tests associated with early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. He aims to identify the digital application needs of caregivers and establish a platform that will be user friendly in the process. The application will have the capability of transmitting test results to providers. The goal is to better identify patients with early Alzheimer’s disease, and maximize pharmacotherapeutic benefits.


    Smith SR, Schwartzman E, Hata M. Team-Based Hypertension Management in Outpatient Settings. Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management. 2020 May;27(3):135-144.

    Skoglund E, Fernandez J, Sherer JT, et al. Using the Theory of Planned Behavior to Evaluate Factors That Influence PharmD Students’ Intention to Attend Lectures. Am J Pharm Ed 2020; 84(5):572-581

    Moon J, Chang Y, Shah T, Min DI. “Effects of Intravenous Immunoglobulin therapy and Fc gamma receptor polymorphisms on BK Virus Nephropathy in Kidney Transplant Recipients.” J Transplant Infectious Diseases 2020, Apr 23;e13300. Doi:10.1111/tid.13300.

  • Accomplishments for May 2020


    Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius: Access, Affordability, and Appropriate Use: The Pivotal Role Medications Play in Transitions of Care.

    Moderated Poster

    Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius is a research mentor for Dr. Elani Streja’s VA Health Services and Research Development Career Development Award

    Soohoo M, Jackevicius CA, Streja S. Mortality Risk Across Chronic Kidney Disease Stages with Fibrate or Niacin Use Compared with No Fibrate or Niacin Therapy in Male US Veterans. Circulation: Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 2020; 13:A104.

    Traditional Poster Presentations

    Ayoub J, Herink M. Trends in Use of Stimulant Medications in Adults in a Medicaid Program. J Manag Care Spec Pharm 2020; 26(4-a Suppl):S37.

    Law AV, Chung EP, Iannuzzo M, Malcolm BJ, Hoffman J. Leading from Within: A Longitudinal and Integrative Approach to Preparing Graduates for Leadership (School Poster). Am J of Pharm Educ 2019; 83(5) Article 7626.Ozaki A,

    Krumholz HM, Mody FV, Jackevicius CA. National trends in use of sacubitril/valsartan. Circulation: Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 2020;13:A362.

    Ozaki A, Krumholz HM, Tran T, Le Q, Yokota M, Mody FV, Jackevicius CA. National comparisons of prior authorization and utilization of sacubitril/valsartan in Medicare and commercial plans in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. Circulation: Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 2020;13:A267.

    Ozaki A, Jackevicius CA, Chong A, Koh M, Sud M, Fang J, Ko DT. Variation in ticagrelor utilization and outcomes in patients with acute coronary syndrome. Circulation: Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 2020;13:A283.

  • Accomplishments for April 2020

    Awards and Recognition

    Dr. Shawn Smith has been working in the front lines with the City of Victorville and High Desert Homeless Services to expand homeless shelter operations and oversee healthcare services. More specifically, he has assisted in developing written policies, conducting staff and volunteer training, performing health screenings and chronic diseases management. Through the not-for-profit organization Symba Center, Dr. Smith was able to secure funding to provide COVID-19 testing services and personal protective equipment for the under served population. This funding was made available by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, and distributed through the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics.


    Nies I, Hidalgo K, Bondy SC, Campbell A. Distinctive Cellular Response to Aluminum Based Adjuvants. Environ Toxicol Pharmacol. 2020:103404. doi: 10.1016/j.etap.2020.103404. PubMed PMID: PMC7189866. Link to Article

  • Accomplishments for March 2020

    Awards and Recognition

    Congratulations to the following dedicated employees for their milestone years of service here:

    15 years: Tirin Lutfy

    Dr. Emmanuelle Schwartzman has just been installed as the new President of Rho Chi for a two year term.


    Desai P, Thakkar A, Ann D, Wang J, Prabhu S. Loratadine self-microemulsifying drug delivery systems (SMEDDS) in combination with sulforaphane for the synergistic chemoprevention of pancreatic cancer. Drug Delivery and Translational Research. 2019;9(3):641-51. doi: 10.1007/s13346-019-00619-0. Link to Article *This article won a $500 award for best in vitro paper from the Controlled Release Society to be presented at their annual meeting in June (followup release forthcoming).

    Desai P, Wang KZ, Ann D, Wang J, Prabhu S. Efficacy and Pharmacokinetic Considerations of Loratadine Nanoformulations and its Combinations for Pancreatic Cancer Chemoprevention. Pharmaceutical Research. 2020;37(2):21. doi: 10.1007/s11095-019-2737-x. Link to Article

    As a 2017 recipient of ASHP Foundations’ Pharmacy Residency Excellence Preceptor Award, Dr. Emmanuelle Schwartzman was invited to contribute to a book arranged to help new and seasoned preceptors develop as educators in pharmacy.
    Schwartzman E. Growing into Your Full Potential as a Preceptor. Letters from Pharmacy Preceptors Pearls for Success. ASHP. 2019 pp 105-109

    Dr. Benjamin Malcolm and several student pharmacists (Class of 2021) provided a review of Eucalyptol anti-inflammatory and bronchodilatory effects in respiratory disorders.
    Galan DM, Ezeudu NE, Garcia J, Geronimo CA, Berry NM, and Malcolm BJ. Eucalyptol (1,8-cineole): An Underutilized Ally in Respiratory Disorders? Journal of Essential Oil Research DOI: 10.1080/10412905.2020.1716867

    Several fellows from the Academic Leadership Fellows Program including Dr. Anandi Law collaborated to publish a commentary on the pros and cons of administrative appointment term limits.
    Malcom DR, Farris K, Feola DJ, Gannett PM, Law AV, O’Neal KS, Salinitri FD, Tromp K, White A. Appropriateness of Term Limits for Administrative Academic Appointments. Am J Pharm Educ. 2020;84(1): Article 7462.

  • Accomplishments for February 2020

    Awards and Recognition

    College of Pharmacy has been notified that it received the maximum six-year accreditation (through January 2025) by the ACPE Continuing Pharmacy Education Commission.

    Our continuing education and professional development programs are managed by Renee Cook, Director of Professional Development & Community Outreach. Each year we provide in excess of 100 hours of continuing education to over 400 participants. A sampling of the programming includes: Medication Therapy Management; Immunization Certification; Cannabis and Opioids in Chronic Pain, Sterile Compounding; Non-Sterile Compounding; Travel Medicine; Patient-Center Diabetes Care; and Physical Assessment Certification, to name a few. In addition, we provide nearly 20 preceptor development programs throughout the state in conjunction with our Office of Experiential Education.

  • Accomplishments for January 2020

    Awards and Recognition

    Congratulations to the following dedicated employee for their milestone years of service here:

    15 years: Cynthia Jackevicius

  • Accomplishments for December 2019

    Awards and Recognition

    Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius was invited to give two presentations at the American Heart Association 2019 Scientific Sessions meeting in Philadelphia, PA. 1) Only the Cost Differs: Really? Generic and Branded Drugs: What’s in a Name? 2) Up, Up and Away? Examples of Pricing (NOAC, ARNI, PCSK9i, and ATTR Drugs) – Cost of Drugs for My Patients and Me: Pricing, Pre-Authorization and Co-Pays. This presentation also involved a panel discussion of all speakers for the related sessions.

    Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius served as the Program Chair for the 34th Annual Pharmacy Invitational Conference on Antithrombotic Therapy (PICAT) in Las Vegas, which takes place annually on the Saturday in conjunction with ASHP Midyear.

    Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius was the senior author on a poster presentation at the American Heart Association 2019 Scientific Sessions meeting in Philadelphia, PA: Sud M, Azizi P, Koh M, Chong A, Ko DT, Jackevicius CA. The association between angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers with major adverse cardiovascular events in patients with coronary artery disease. Circulation 2019;140:A10841.

    Dr. Shawn Smith has been selected to participate in the Pomona Leadership Network, a flagship program of the Pomona Community Foundation. The program utilizes a leadership focused curriculum, peer-led sessions, and community projects to train and develop leaders across Pomona. This is a highly competitive program, with cohort size of 14-20 selected based on merits based on leadership experience, potential, and dedication to improving communities.


    Kugler, A.J., Gogineni, H.P., & Garavalia, L.S. Learning Outcomes and Student Preferences with Flipped vs Lecture/Case Teaching Model in a Block Curriculum. Am J of Pharm Ed 2019; 83(8) Article 7044.

    Martino, J.G., Smith, S.R., Rafie, S., & Marienfeld, C. Physician and Pharmacist: Attitudes, Facilitators, and Barriers to Prescribing Naloxone for Home Rescue. Am J Addict. 2019;

    Kugler, A.J., Aranda, J.P., Chung, E., & Haines, S. MeRIT Project: The Impact of Test Session Assignment on Student Performance on Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCEs). ACCP Annual 2019, New York.

    Atzema CL, Jackevicius CA, Chong A, Dorian P, Ivers NM, Parkash R, Austin PC. Prescribing of oral anticoagulants and subsequent long-term use by older adults with atrial fibrillation. CMAJ 2019;191:E1345-54. Epub 12/9/19. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.190747

    Atzema CL, Yu B, Schull MJ, Jackevicius CA, Ivers NM, Lee DS, Rochon P, Austin PC. Association of follow-up care with long-term death and subsequent hospitalization in patients with atrial fibrillation who receive emergency care in the province of Ontario. Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2019;12:e006498. DOI: 10.1161/CIRCEP.118.006498 And the associated editorial for this paper:

    Sun Lee, Yuna H. Bae-Shaaw, Hyma Gogineni, Marcia M. Worley and Anandi V. Law. Triple strength utility of the Modified Drug Adherence Work-Up (M-DRAW) tool in a veterans affairs outpatient diabetes clinic. Res Social Adm Pharm 2019.

    Roosan D, Law AV, Karim M, Roosan M. Improving Team-Based Decision Making Using Data Analytics and Informatics: Protocol for a Collaborative Decision Support Design, JMIR Res Protoc 2019;8(11):e16047, DOI: 10.2196/16047, PMID: 31774412

    Roosan D, Li Y, Law AV, Truong H, Karim M, Chok J, Roosan M. Improving Medication Information Presentation Through Interactive Visualization in Mobile Apps: Human Factors Design. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth 2019;7(11):e15940. URL: DOI:10.2196/15940; PMID: 31763991

    Jackevicius CA, Krumholz HM, Chong A, Koh M, Ozaki AF, Austin PC, Udell JA, Ko DT. Population impact of generic valsartan recall. Circulation 2019. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.119.044494. [Epub ahead of print 11/11/19]

    Zhang CJ, Faheem M, Dang P, Morris MN, Kumar P, Oelschlaeger P. Mutation S115T in IMP-Type Metallo-beta-Lactamases Compensates for Decreased Expression Levels Caused by Mutation S119G. Biomolecules. 2019;9(11). Epub 2019/11/14. doi: 10.3390/biom9110724. PubMed PMID: 31718049. Link to Article

    Onyeabor F, Paik A, Kovvasu S, Ding B, Lin J, Wahid MA, Prabhu S, Betageri G, Wang J. Optimization of Preparation and Preclinical Pharmacokinetics of Celastrol-Encapsulated Silk Fibroin Nanoparticles in the Rat. Molecules (Basel, Switzerland). 2019;24(18). Epub 2019/09/11. doi: 10.3390/molecules24183271. PubMed PMID: 31500392; PMCID: PMC6767603. Link to Article

  • Accomplishments for November 2019

    Awards and Recognition

    Dr. Anandi V. Law has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Contemporary Pharmacy Practice. Dr. Law had previously served on the Editorial Review Committee and Advisory Board for the journal.

    Dr. Don Roosan has been appointed to the Medical and Scientific Advisors Board (Honorary position) of Self Care Catalysts, Inc. for his expertise in population health and informatics. Self Care Catalysts is a patient-centered digital therapeutics, intelligence and analytics company deriving value from real world evidence and patient journey data to inform clinical care, product life cycle management, and behavior change interventions.

    WesternU was invited to lead a study examining pharmacists’ views and perceptions on credentialing in pharmacy practice by the American Pharmacists Association. Dr. Anandi V. Law and Dr. Micah Hata served as principal investigator and co-investigator, respectively. It should be noted that the other two authors were post-docs at WesternU. Dr. Sun Lee was a fellow of Dr. Law, and Dr. Nancy Dao was a resident of Dr. Hata.
    Lee S, Dao N, Hata M, Law AV. Credentialing in Pharmacy Practice: Examining Pharmacist Views and Perceptions. Innovations in Pharmacy. 2019; 10(4).

    Dr. Sheryl Chow attended the 23rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Heart Failure Society of America in Philadelphia, Pa. Sept. 13-16. Dr. Chow served/participated in the following: Co-Chair, Program Committee; Panelist, opening Plenary Session Lectures: Independence from Heart Failure: Awareness, Empathy, and Activism; Co-Chair, Digital Medicine and Design Thinking Workshop; Co-Chair, AHA-HFSA Joint Session: Strategies for Heart Failure Prevention; Mentor, Speed Mentorship Session; Additionally, Dr. Chow was interviewed for expert commentary in MEDPAGE TODAY about use of Spironolactone for HF Prevention following the newly presented data from HOMAGE, a proteomics study at the HFSA Annual Meeting.

    Dr. Mark Nguyen presented data from a study involving implementation of new vancomycin monitoring/dosing guidelines at the 2019 annual American College of Clinical Pharmacy meeting in New York. Dr. Kelli Shiroma is an alumnus of WesternU (Class of 2018), and a former resident of Dr. Nguyen. Shiroma K, Nguyen HM, Kum A. Vancomycin AUC/MIC and Treatment Outcomes in MRSA Bacteremia. ACCP Annual 2019, New York.

    Dr. Shawn Smith and his co-authors were recognized by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy for their research involving vancomycin. The authors received the 2019 McKeen Cattell Memorial Award for outstanding research paper published in Journal of Clinical Pharmacology from the previous year. Truong J, Smith SR, Veillette JJ, Forland SC. Individualized Pharmacokinetic Dosing of Vancomycin Reduces Time to Therapeutic Trough Concentrations in Critically Ill Patients. J Clin Pharmacol 2018; 58:1123-1130.


    Ayoub J, Hoie E, Begley K, O’Brien K, Tilleman J, Stewart, K. Maintenance Therapy and Prevention of Exacerbations in COPD Patients. Nebraska Mortar and Pestle. 2019; 82(5):15-24.

  • Accomplishments for October 2019

    Awards and Recognition

    Congratulations to all the College of Pharmacy faculty who contributed to the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists Seminar 2019 in Anaheim this October.

    Dr. Joelle Ayoub provided a presentation at the 42nd Annual Nurse Practitioners of Oregon (NPO) Education Conference, which was held on October 16-19, 2019 in Eugene, OR. The presentation “Recent Advances in the Management of COPD” was very well received and she has been invited back for 2020.

    Dr. Emmanuelle Schwartzman’s post-graduate year 1 residency in ambulatory care has received reaccreditation for another eight years, through 2027. Dr. Schwartzman’s program has been accredited since August of 2012.

    Dr. Janice Hoffman served as an invited speaker at CSHP Seminar, which was held in October 17-20, 2019, in Anaheim, CA. Her seminar was titled “Current Treatment Modalities for Autism and the Role of the Newest Potential Medication Therapy: Balovaptan.”

    Dr. Anandi V. Law was an invited speaker at the plenary session of APTICON 2019 convention (Association of Pharmacy Teachers of India) held October 11-13, in Dehradun, India. She presented a well-attended talk on “Emerging Models of Pharmacy Practice in the US: Moving towards Direct Patient Care’ where she spoke on its applicability to the Indian context.” She was one of 6 invited international speakers. Dr. Law also presented an invited workshop on “Best Practices for OSCE as an Effective Student Learning Assessment.”

  • Accomplishments for September 2019

    Awards and Recognition

    Dr. Anandi Law has been appointed Associate Editor for psychometrics with RSAP. RSAP is considered the top journal in pharmacy social and administrative sciences, and carries a 2.71 impact factor. In the past 15 years, Dr. Law has contributed to the journal as a reviewer and editorial board member. Additionally, she was recognized as among the Top Reviewers of the year on 3 occasions.

    Dr. Quang Le has been invited to serve as a member of the Advisory Editorial Board. Dr. Le has served in this capacity for two terms (3-year terms). This will be his third term, as recognition for being an “exceptional editorial board member.”

    Dr. Benjamin Malcolm participated in a discussion on the popular television talk show, “The Doctors.” As a psychiatric pharmacist specialist, he shared his perspective on medicinal use and regulation of psilocybin. Opening Statement Closing Argument


    Han J, Chung F, Nguyen QL, Mody FV, Jackevicius CA. Evaluation of patients with heart failure to determine eligibility for treatment with sacubitril/valsartan: insights from the Veterans Administration Healthcare System. Pharmacother 2019. Published online ahead of print: DOI: 10.1002/phar.2328. To read the article click here.

    Le QA. Patient-level Modeling Approach Using Discrete-Event Simulation: A Cost-Effectiveness Study of Current Treatment Guidelines for Women with Postmenopausal Osteoporosis. J Manage Care Spec Pharm 2019; 25(10):1089-1095.

  • Accomplishments for August 2019

    Awards and Recognition

    Congratulations to the following dedicated employees for their milestone years of service here:

    Dr. Mario Jimenez, Director for Diversity Initiatives, College of Pharmacy, has been selected to received the Hispanic Health Leadership Award at the 12th Annual Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Gala to be held on November 21, 2019 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. This award is presented to outstanding individuals who have served in significant leadership roles and have helped improve the health of Hispanics and other under-served populations. Over the past few years, Dr. Jimenez has worked very closely with the National Hispanic Health Foundation to advance culturally competent quality health care and diversity in the workforce.

    Dr. Kabirullah Lutfy, has been asked to serve as guest editor for Brain Sciences, An Open Access Journal by MDPI for The Role of Opioid Peptides in Psychostimulant Addiction.

    Dr. Lyna (Yun) Luo and GCBS faculty Jerome J. Lacroix, PhD received over $1,250,000 in funding for their National Institute of Health (NIH) R01 grant entitled “Mechanisms of Mechanical and Chemical Gating in Mechanosensitive Piezo1 Channels”. The two goals of the research project are to identify new pharmacological compounds acting on Piezo channels and to study the gating mechanisms of Piezo channels by endogenous physical and chemical stimuli.


    Delevry D, Le QA. Effect of Treatment Preference in Randomized Controlled Trials: Systematic Review of the Literature and Meta-Analysis. The Patient – Patient-Centered Outcomes Research. 2019.

  • Accomplishments for July 2019

    Awards and Recognition

    Congratulations to the following dedicated employees for their milestone years of service here:

    • 20 years:
      Dr. Anandi Law and Dr. Stephen O’Barr

    • 15 years:
      Dr. Sheryl Chow
      and Dr. Eric Gupta

    Dr. Peter Oelschlaeger has been invited to be a guest editor for the Biomolecules’ Special Issue “Beta-Lactamases: Sequence, Structure, Function and Inhibition”.

    Dr. David Min and his colleagues described the prevalence and onset of posttransplant thrombocytopenia, and the associated genetic and clinical risk factors. Choi KH, Chang Y, Shah T, Min DI. Analysis of genetic and clinical risk factors of post-transplant thrombocytopenia in kidney allograft recipients. Transplant Immunology,

    Dr. Benjamin Malcolm and COP alumna Monica Aguilar, PharmD ’18, MS, examined the outcomes of long-acting injectable antipsychotics in relation to inpatient and psychiatric encounters. Aguilar M, Malcolm B. Effect of long-acting aripiprazole monohydrate on inpatient encounters: A retrospective mirror image study. Ment Health Clin [Internet]. 2019;9(4):258-62. DOI: 10.9740/mhc.2019.07.258.


    Botello-Smith WM, Luo Y. Robust Determination of Protein Allosteric Signaling Pathways. Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation. 2019;15(4):2116-26. doi: 10.1021/acs.jctc.8b01197. Link to Abstract

    Zhang H, Jiang W, Chatterjee P, Luo Y. Ranking Reversible Covalent Drugs: From Free Energy Perturbation to Fragment Docking. Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling. 2019;59(5):2093-102. doi: 10.1021/acs.jcim.8b00959. (This article is part of the Women in Computation Chemistry special issue.) Link to Abstract

    Zhang Y-J, Wang W-M, Oelschlaeger P, Chen C, Lei J-E, Lv M, Yang K-W. Real-Time Monitoring of NDM-1 Activity in Live Bacterial Cells by Isothermal Titration Calorimetry: A New Approach To Measure Inhibition of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. ACS Infectious Diseases. 2018;4(12):1671-8. doi: 10.1021/acsinfecdis.8b00147

    Faheem M, Zeil C, Zhang CJ, Morris MN, Pleiss J, Oelschlaeger P. Synonymous mutations in TEM beta-lactamase genes: are they silent or noisy? Poster session present at American Society for Microbiology Microbe 2019. 2019 Jun 20-24; San Francisco, CA.

  • Accomplishments for May 2019

    Awards and Recognition

    Mark Goggin, Senior Director of Operations for the College of Pharmacy, is Chair-Elect of the Administrative and Financial Officers Special Interest Group for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Goggin has been very active in this group for a number of years and his contributions have been instrumental in setting a framework for shared communication between schools and colleges of pharmacy nationally.


    Preshita Desai, BPharm, PhD, received the 2019 AACR-Novocure Tumor Treating Research Fellowship for her project, “Tumor Treating Fields Triggered Targeting of Nanoparticles in Cancer.”

    The grant is a joint effort between Novocure and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) to recognize and encourage innovative research on Tumor Treating Fields. The fellowship grant — worth $120,000 over two years — also provides related research equipment, the InovitroTM TTFields Lab Bench System, free of charge. Only two such fellowships were awarded via a worldwide call for grant proposals. Click here to read more from Novocure.

    Desai is a research scientist in the laboratory of Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy Executive Associate Dean Sunil Prabhu, BPharm, PhD. Receiving the grant marks a professional high point, she said.

    Click here to read the full story.


    Dr. Hyma Gogineni co-authored a chapter on Rheumatoid Arthritis in PharmacotherapyFirst: A Multimedia Learning Resource. PharmacotherapFirst is an APhA online peer-reviewed resource focused on diseases state and patient management. Chapter: Rheumatoid Arthritis. Textbook PharmacotherapyFirst: A Multimedia Learning Resource. Authors: Nkem Nonyel and Hyma Gogineni

  • Accomplishments for April 2019

    Awards and Recognition

    Dr. Sheryl Chow provided a webinar as part an eLearning module with the American Heart Association titled: HeartBEATS from Lifelong Learning™ Heart Failure Guidelines Series: Episode 3. The CME webinar focuses on the 2017 heart failure guidelines in diagnosis and management, and employing the guidelines in education of healthcare professionals.

    College of Pharmacy activities at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting March 22-25, 2019 in Seattle, Wash.:

    • Dr. Jason Wong presented a poster with several WesternU student pharmacists. Wong J, Kang E, Kwok M, Ly T. Striving for Equity: Overview of Scholarships Availability for Minority Students Across Pharmacy Schools in the United States.
    • Dr. Eric Gupta served on the APhA Policy Reference Committee, and as a Delegate for California.
    • Dr. Anandi Law had three posters presented involving several PPAD faculty and post-doctoral trainees. Sun Lee, Yuna Bae-Shaaw, Hyma Gogineni, Marcia Worley, Anandi V. Law. Modified Drug Adherence Work-up (M-DRAW) Checklist: Identifying and Addressing Medication Adherence Among Patients with Diabetes at a Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic.
    • Dr. Emmanuelle Schwartzman, Dr. Anandi V. Law, Neelou Fakourar, David Essu. Patient-Level Accountability in Medication Adherence: Validating an Accountability Tool.
    • Dr. Micah Hata, Dr. Anandi V. Law, Cindy Chau, David Essi, Hong Nguyen. Impact of Adherence Goal Awareness on Adherence to STAR Rated Medications and on Patient Commitment.
    • Dr. Anandi Law also served on and attended the Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy Editorial Advisory Board Meeting.


    Gogineni H, Aranda JP, Garavalia LS. Designing professional program instruction to align with students’ cognitive processing. Curr Pharm Teach Learn. 2019 Feb;11(2):160-165.

    Aranda JP, Davies ML, Jackevicius CA. Student pharmacists’ performance and perceptions on an evidence-based medicine objective structed clinical examination. Curr Pharm Teach Learn. 2019 Mar;11(3):302-308.

    Jackevicius CA, An J, Ko DT, Ross JS, Angraal S, Wallach JD, Koh M, *Song J, Krumholz HM. Submissions from the SPRINT Data Analysis Challenge on clinical risk prediction: a cross-sectional evaluation. BMJ Open. 2019; 23(9):e025936.

    *Jeeeun Song, is a WesternU Class of 2020 student pharmacist who is currently on rotations.