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Joel C. Marrs, PharmD, FCCP, FASHP, FNLA, BCPS-AQ Cardiology, BCACP, CLS

Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy

Mailing Address:

University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Department of Clinical Pharmacy
Mailstop, C238
12850 E. Montview Blvd., V20-2128
Aurora, CO 80045

Office Location:

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Building (V20)
Second Floor
Room 2128

Contact Information:

Voice: 303-724-5780
Fax: 303-724-0971

Training and Education:

  • Masters of Public Health, University of Colorado School of Public Health (2016-present)
  • Certificate in Public Health Sciences, University of Colorado School of Public Health (2014-2016)
  • Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Scholars Program, Funded by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) grant R24 (2014-2016)
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy Heart Failure Traineeship (2008)
  • Family Medicine Specialty Residency (PGY2), University of Colorado Denver (2005-2006)
  • Pharmacy Practice Residency (PGY1), Mount Carmel Medical Center (2004-2005)
  • PharmD, Butler University (2004)

Certifications and Fellowships:

  • American Society of Hypertension Certified Hypertension Clinician (ASH-CHC, 2016)
  • Fellow American Society of Health-System Pharmacy (FASHP, 2015)
  • Fellow American College of Clinical Pharmacy (FCCP, 2014)
  • Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (2013-2020)
  • Fellow National Lipid Association (FNLA, 2012)
  • Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist with Added Qualifications in Cardiology (2009-2016)
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy Academy Teaching and Learning Certificate (2009)
  • Clinical Lipid Specialist and Diplomate of the Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology (2008-2018)
  • American Pharmaceutical Association Immunization Provider (2007)
  • Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (2005-2012, recertified 2012-2019)

Previous Academic Appointments:

  • Lecturer, Oregon Health & Science University Division of Physician Assistant Studies (2007-present)
  • Clinical Instructor, Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine (2007-2009)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Oregon State University College of Pharmacy (2006-2009)
  • Clinical Instructor, University of Colorado School of Pharmacy (2005-2006)

Teaching Activities:

Dr. Marrs teaches several components of the Entry Level and North American-Trained PharmD programs. In particular, he teaches on the topics of primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease (e.g., CV Anatomy/Physiology/Pathophysiology, Chronic Stable Angina, Hypertensive Crises, Peripheral Artery Disease, Antiplatelet Pharmacology/Therapy, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction and Assessment, Heart Failure, Advanced Dyslipidemia Management) and comprehensive pharmacotherapy cases. He is director of the Clinical Capstone Course (PHRD 7995). He precepts post-graduate year 2 (PGY2) ambulatory care pharmacy residents in the University of Colorado ASHP-accredited PGY2 Ambulatory Care pharmacy residency and PGY1 pharmacy residents in the Denver Health Medical Center residency.  In addition, he is a preceptor for introductory pharmacy practice experience (IPPE) and advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) students.

Clinical Activities:

Dr. Marrs is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Adult Internal Medicine at the Gipson Eastside Family Health Center, one of the Denver Health Community Health Clinics (FQHC). At this clinic site, Dr. Marrs provides pharmacotherapy consultations and patient care visits for hypertension (focus on resistant hypertension, primary/secondary cardiovascular disease prevention, diabetes mellitus, and anticoagulation.  In addition, he is the lead on a clinical pharmacist led home blood pressure monitoring program for patients across the Denver Community Health Clinics. This is also a rotation site for P4 students, PGY1 and PGY2 residents. Dr. Marrs’ areas of interest include optimization of pharmacotherapy for primary/secondary cardiovascular disease prevention and interdisciplinary collaboration to improve patient outcomes (e.g., pharmacist-patient navigator interventions).

Scholarly Activities:

Dr. Marrs participates in research focused on cardiovascular pharmacotherapy (e.g., hypertension, dyslipidemia and heart failure). Recent and ongoing research is in the area of patient centered outcomes research (PCOR) focused on hypertension. He has published research, review articles and textbook chapters related to these topics.

Professional Service:

Dr. Marrs serves as the Chair of the Curriculum Committee and is a faculty advisor for the Colorado Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP student chapter). Dr. Marrs is one of the core faculty for the ASHP Pharmacotherapy and Ambulatory Care Pharmacist Board Certification review courses. In addition, he is a past member of the ASHP Council on Therapeutics and is a current member and past Chair of the ASHP Section of Clinical Scientists and Specialists Educational Steering Committee. He is a past-chair of the ACCP Adult Medicine Practice & Research Network (PRN) and an active member of the ASHP, ACCP, and AACP. He is actively involved in the NLA and has been a board member of the Southwest Lipid Association since 2011 and is currently the president-elect. At Denver Health, Dr. Marrs serves as the co-chair of Cardiovascular Disease Working Group, a member of the Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Team, and a member of the Anticoagulation Working Group. Dr. Marrs has co-directed the teaching certificate for pharmacy residents for the past 6 years at the University of Colorado and has a strong professional interest in the expansion of teaching certificate programs/academic training for post-graduate pharmacy residents and fellows.

Colorado Pharmacy Residency Teaching Certificate (CPRTC) Program


  • Academic year 2010-2011: 25 residents completed program
  • Academic year 2011-2012: 38 residents/fellows completed program
  • Academic year 2012-2013: 42 residents/fellows/preceptors completed program
  • Academic year 2013-2014: 44 residents/fellows/preceptors completed program
  • Academic year 2014-2015: 42 residents/fellows/preceptors completed program
  • Academic year 2015-2016: 55 residents/fellows/preceptors completed program
  • Academic year 2016-2017: 57 enrolled​

Recent Publications