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Joel C. Marrs, PharmD, BCPS (AQ Cardiology), CLS

Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy

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Mailing address:

University of Colorado School of Pharmacy
Mail Stop C238
12850 E. Montview Blvd. V20-2128
Aurora, CO 80045

Office Location:

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


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

Training and Education:

  • PharmD, Butler University (2004)
  • Pharmacy Practice Residency (PGY1), Mount Carmel Medical Center (2004-2005)
  • Family Medicine Specialty Residency (PGY2), University of Colorado Denver (2005-2006)
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy Heart Failure Traineeship (2008)

Certifications and Fellowships:

  • Fellow National Lipid Association (2012)
  • Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (2005-2012, recertified 2012-2019)
  • Added Qualifications in Cardiology (2009-2016)
  • American Pharmaceutical Association Immunization Provider (2007)
  • Clinical Lipid Specialist and Diplomate of the Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology (2008)
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy Academy Teaching and Learning Certificate (2009)

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)

Clinical Activities:

Practice site: Dr. Marrs is a clinical pharmacy specialist in internal medicine at the Gipson Eastside Family Health Center, one of the Denver Health Community Health Clinics. At this clinic site, Dr. Marrs provides pharmacotherapy consultations that include pharmacotherapy recommendations with a specific focus on cardiovascular and metabolic pharmacotherapy, patient education, and patient follow-up post hospital discharge. Specific areas of clinical expertise include cardiovascular pharmacotherapy (CAD, resistant hypertension, dyslipidemia, heart failure) and type 1 & 2 diabetes.

Scholarly Activities:

Dr. Marrs participates in research and other scholarly endeavors focused on cardiovascular and metabolic pharmacotherapy. Recent and ongoing research is in the area of optimizing CV risk reduction pharmacotherapy and improving goal attainment rates in the resistant hypertension population. He has clinical and scholarly interests in the area of patient transitions of care (e.g., hospital discharge follow-up), especially in the area of heart failure. He has also published pharmacotherapy review articles and textbook chapters related to these and other contemporary pharmacotherapy topics.

Professional Service:

Dr. Marrs is a current member of the ASHP Council on Therapeutics and 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 is a current board member of the Southwest Lipid Association. He has a strong professional interest in the expansion of teaching certificate programs/academic training for post-graduate pharmacy residents


  • PHRD 7100:  (P3) Professional Skills Development
  • PHRD 6085: (P2) Pharmacotherapy 2:  Cardiovascular Anatomy/Physiology/Pathophysiology, Chronic Stable Angina, Hypertensive Crises, Peripheral Artery Disease, Antiplatelet Therapy in Primary and Secondary prevention, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction and Assessment, Integrated Cardiovascular Cases
  • PHRD 7250:  (P3) Seminar on Pharmacy Issues
  • PHRD 7700:  (P3) Comprehensive Patient Care
Nontraditional Doctor of Pharmacy Program teaching:
  • PRDO 7311:  Advanced Disease State Management:  Acute Decompensated Heart Failure, Chronic Heart Failure
  • 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


Recent Publications