Meet Our Team: the Pharmacy at WesternU in the Patient Care Center, Pomona
The Pharmacy Team is under the leadership of Dr. Rudolf Mireles, PharmD. Other members of the Pharmacy’s administrative team and faculty are listed here.
Rudolf Mireles, PharmD
Pharmacist in Charge
Clinical Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy
In his role as Director of the Western University Pharmacy, Dr. Mireles manages all aspects
of pharmacy operations, including patient care and counseling, prescription fulfillment, staff recruitment
and development, and integration with other Patient Care Center health services. He provides
supervision to students, post-doctoral residents and fellows, and participates in community pharmacy
practice projects and initiatives.
Dr. Mireles has been involved in teaching as a preceptor for University of Washington,
University of California San Francisco, Creighton University, and University of the Pacific.
Before joining the faculty at Western University, Dr. Mireles worked as the Pharmacist in Charge for Sav-on
and then CVS Drug Stores. He later became a District Supervisor for CVS. His areas of expertise
include diabetes patient care, community outreach, immunizations, quality assurance issues, and
Sheryl L. Chow
Before joining the Faculty at Western University in 2004, Dr. Chow worked as a Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator for both the Internal Medicine Teaching Service and Cardiology, in addition to her adjunct faculty positions in both the Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine at SUNY-Buffalo. Her didactics, clinical practice, and research interests at Western University are focused in acute care cardiology with an emphasis on heart failure.
James D. Scott
Associate Dean for Experiential and Professional Affairs
Dr. Scott received his Pharm.D. in 1994 from the University of Florida. He completed a 1-year clinical residency in Geriatric Pharmacotherapy in 1995 at the VA Medical Center in Gainesville, Fl. In 1997 he completed a 2-year fellowship in Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. From July 1997 through April 2000, he was Director of Infection Management at the Clinical Pharmacokinetics Laboratory in Buffalo, NY. He joined WesternU in May of 2000. His research, clinical practice and academic interests are focused in HIV pharmacotherapy and adherence counseling. His research projects have included retrospective analyses evaluating the use and efficacy of HIV therapies, pharmacokinetic studies, and prospective investigator-initiated clinical trials. Dr. Scott is certified by the American Academy of HIV Medicine as a HIV Expert. He is currently oversees the experiential portion of the PharmD curriculum at WesternU.
Dr. Schwartzman teaches Diabetes education and lifestyle management for patients at the Western University Medical Center. Dr. Schwartzman has a research and teaching focus in communication skills. She is a certified diabetes educator through the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. Dr. Schwartzman serves on the board for the San Fernando Valley Local Division of the California Pharmacist Association.
Director, Center for Advancement of Drug Research and Evaluation
Dr. Chow has over 30 years of experience in transitional research and clinical studies in the areas of cardiovascular pharmacotherapy and application of pharmacokinetics/pharmacogenomics. His recent research work has been devoted to the development of conventional drugs and herbal medicines (Chinese medicines). He has also established a strong net work with Asian countries, especially China where he served as Director of the Pharmacy School in Hong Kong for 8 years. As Director of the newly established Center for Drug Research and Evaluation at Western U, the focus of his research will be the development of niche pharmaceutical products via formulation optimization as well as new therapeutic approaches. This will be accomplished via collaborative efforts among members in formulation science, bio-analysis/ pharmacokinetics, pharmacology/pharmacogenetics and clinical/outcome studies.