College of Pharmacy



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. https://www.ajpe.org/doi/pdf/10.5688/ajpe7044

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; https://doi.org/10.1111/ajad.12982

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 https://www.cmaj.ca/content/191/49/E1345/tab-article-info

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  https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1161/CIRCEP.118.006498  And the associated editorial for this paper: https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1161/CIRCEP.119.008087

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.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sapharm.2019.09.063

Roosan DLaw 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: https://mhealth.jmir.org/2019/11/e15940. 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] https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.119.044494

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


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). https://pubs.lib.umn.edu/index.php/innovations/article/view/2099/1683

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. https://www.medpagetoday.com/meetingcoverage/hfsa/82216

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.

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.”

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.

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. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40271-019-00379-6 

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, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trim.2019.04.001

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.

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

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 SchwartzmanDr. Anandi V. Law, Neelou Fakourar, David Essu. Patient-Level Accountability in Medication Adherence: Validating an Accountability Tool.
  • Dr. Micah HataDr. 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.