Anil Mallya ‘13 offers to be an EECP subject
Pacific Faculty Help Establish New Center
Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences faculty Sachin A. Shah, Assistant Professor, Regional Coordinator-Travis AFB, Department of Pharmacy Practice, and colleagues from the United States Air Force have established an Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP) Center at David Grant Medical Center (DGMC) at Travis Air Force Base (AFB), California. The center is part of the Heart, Lung and Vascular Clinic at DGMC and is the first at a military treatment facility.
The technology has been around for over 50 years but underutilized due to poor insurance reimbursement. This will be the first machine to our knowledge with a direct teaching component and affiliation with a school of pharmacy and air force base. The machine has been supported from a research grant by the Clinical Investigations Facility (CIF) assessing the impact of EECP on cardiovascular performance. Col Joseph Weaver, the pharmacy flight commander, is excited for this venture and its long term opportunities.
"It will be offered to patients at DGMC as a service and Pacific students will be able to participate in the management of patients with angina or heart failure under the supervision of a Pacific faculty member," he said.
It took two years of persistent efforts to make it happen. In 2010 Dr. Shah, Rina Mehta '10, et al, published a paper in the _ Pharmacotherapy Journal_ regarding the benefits of EECP. It was also presented as a poster at the International Society of Atherosclerosis meeting. In 2011 Dr. Shah, Janice Li ‘12, Raymond Gan ‘12, Jeremy Lim '12, et al, presented a poster titled "Pharmacotherapy versus pneumatic compression: a comparison between ranolazine and enhanced external counterpulsation in the treatment of chronic stable angina" at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Meeting. Amy Kurian ‘13 received her certification as an EECP therapist.
Pacific student pharmacists will now have an enhanced experience in the treatment of such patients while completing their clinical training at Travis AFB.