Sarah Spinler, PharmD, FCCP, FCPP, FAHA, FASHP, AACC, BCPS (AQ Cardiology)

 Sarah Spinler, PharmD, FCCP, FCPP, FAHA, FASHP, AACC, BCPS (AQ Cardiology)

Sarah Spinler PharmD

Director, Residency and Fellowship Programs

Professor of Clinical Pharmacy

Residency Programs Coordinator


BS (University of Minnesota)

PharmD (University of Minnesota)


Dr. Spinler is Professor of Clinical Pharmacy in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Cardiovascular Division in the Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Spinler received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She completed a pharmacy residency and research fellowship in cardiovascular critical care pharmacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist with Added Qualifications in Cardiology. She serves as a preceptor to pharmacy students and performs clinical research at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, coronary intensive care unit. Dr. Spinler has authored more than 200 research articles, reviews, and books chapters and given more than 350 continuing education programs in the area of acute coronary syndrome, antiplatelets, and anticoagulants. In 2004, she was awarded the American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Award for Sustained Contributions to the Literature of Pharmacy Practice. She currently serves on the editorial boards of several biomedical journals including Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Pharmacotherapy, American Journal of Managed Care, and Drugs. She is a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and served as ACCP Regent from 2004 to 2007. She chaired the 2005-2010 Council of Experts, United States Pharmacopeia, Cardiovascular Expert Committee and served on USP’s Medicare Model Guidelines Committee. She was a member of the Steering Committee for the CRUSADE Registry, a national quality improvement initiative that was designed to increase the practice of evidence-based medicine for patients hospitalized with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and is currently a member of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR®) Practice Innovation and Clinical Excellence (PINNACLE RegistryTM) Steering Committee. PINNACLE is the first national ambulatory quality improvement registry. She also serves on the Executive Team of the ACC/Institute for Health Care Improvement (IH) Hospital to Home (H2H) National Quality Improvement whose goal it is to reduce hospital readmissions for heart failure and myocardial infarction by 20% before the end of 2012. She also serves on the Steering Committee of the Interdisciplinary Working Group of the American Heart Association (AHA) Quality of Care and Outcomes Research (QCOR) Interdisciplinary and was awarded Fellow of AHA Cardiovascular Clinical Council and inaugural QCOR Fellow in 2009. In 2009, she was appointed to the National Quality Forum Consensus Standards for Patient Outcomes Cardiology Technical Advisory Panel. In 2010, she was named Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the largest professional association of hospital pharmacists and in 2011 became Associate of the American College of Cardiology.

Selected Scholarly Activity

Spinler SA, Cziraky MJ, Tang F, Duenas GG, Thomas T, Reinhold JA, Willey V.  Patient eligibility for medication therapy Management programs: a report from the NCDR® PINNACLE RegistryTM. American Health & Drug Benefits 2013;(In Press). (Research)

Spinler SA, de Denus S. Acute coronary syndromes. In: Chisholm-Burns M, Wells BG, Schwinghammer TL, Malone PM, Kolesar JM, DiPiro JT, eds. Pharmacotherapy principles and practice. Third Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill;2013. p 133-167. (Book Chapter)

Spinler SA, Shafir V. New anticoagulants for atrial fibrillation. Circulation 2012;26:133-7. (Review)

Walsh MN, Bove AA, Cross RR, Ferdinand KC, Forman DE, Freeman AM, Highs S, Klodas E, Koplan M, Lewis WR, MacDonnell B, May DC, Messer JV, Pressler SJ, Sanz ML, Spertus JA, Spinler SA, Teichholz LE, Wong JB, Byrd KD. ACCF 2011 Health Policy Statement on Patient-Centered Care in Cardiovascular Medicine. J Am Coll Cardiol 2012;59:2125-43. (Professional Association Policy Statement)

Spinler SA, Willey VJ. A patient’s guide to taking dabigatran. Circulation 2011;124:e209-e211. (Review)

Spinler SA, de Denus S. Acute coronary syndromes. In: Dipiro JT, Talbert RL, Yee CG, Matzke GR, Wells BG, Posey M, eds. Pharmacotherapy: a pathophysiologic approach. 8th Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill;2011. p. 241-271. (Book Chapter)

Kirwin J, Canales AE, Bentley ML, Bungay K, Chan T, Dobson E, Holder RM, Johnson D, Lilliston A, Mohammad, Spinler SA. Process indicators of quality clinical pharmacy services during transitions of care. Pharmacother 2012;32(11):e338-47. (Professional Association White Paper)Michaels AD, Spinler SA, Leeper B, Ohman EM, Alexander KP, Newby LK, Ay H, Gibler WB. Medication errors in acute cardiovascular and stroke patients. A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation 2010;121:664-82. (Professional Association Scientific Statement)

Spinler SA, Ou FS, Roe MT, Gibler WB, Ohman EM, Pollack CV, Alexander KP, Peterson ED. Weight-based dosing of enoxaparin in obese patients with non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndromes: results from the CRUSADE initiative. Pharmacother 2009;29(6):631-8. (Original Research)

Spinler SA, Mahaffey KW, Gallup D, Levine GN, Ferguson JJ 3rd, Rao SV, Gallo R, Ducas J, Goodman SG, Antman E, White HD, Biasucci L, Becker RC, Col JJ, Cohen M, Harrington RA, Califf RM; for the SYNERGY Trial Investigators.  Relationship between renal function and outcomes in high-risk patients with non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndromes: Results from SYNERGY. Int J Cardiol 2010;144:36-41. [Epub ahead of print May 5, 2009] (Original Research)

Contact Information

Office location: Griffith Hall 108N
Mailing address: Box 34
University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215-596-8576
Office Fax: 215-596-8586

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