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University of Colorado Denver


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

Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy

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Mailing address:

University of Colorado
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Department of Clinical Pharmacy
Mailstop, C238
12850 E. Montview Blvd., V20-21280
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:

  • Certificate in Public Health, University of Colorado School of Public Health (2014-present)
  • Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Scholars Program, Funded by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) grant R24 (2014-present)
  • 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:

  • 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)

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. At this clinic site, Dr. Marrs provides pharmacotherapy consultations and patient care visits for resistant hypertension, primary/secondary cardiovascular disease prevention, diabetes mellitus, anticoagulation and medication management. 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, type 2 diabetes, and transitions of care.

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 patient centered outcomes research (PCOR) focused on hypertension and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). 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 serves as the Chair-elect 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 board treasurer. At Denver Health, Dr. Marrs serves as a member 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.


  • PHRD 7995: (P3) Clinical Capstone
  • 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 6095: (P2) Pharmacotherapy 3
  • PHRD 6915: (P2) Seminar Research Course
  • PHRD 7015: (P3) Seminar Research Course
Nontraditional Doctor of Pharmacy Program teaching:
  • PRDO 7311: Advanced Disease State Management: Acute Decompensated Heart Failure, Chronic Heart Failure
  • PHRD 6905/7005: P2/P3 IPPE Health System: Faculty preceptor
  • PHRD 7095: P3 Advanced IPPE: Faculty preceptor
  • P4 APPE: Faculty Preceptor
  • 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

Recent Publications