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Dr. Laura Tsu

Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice
School of Pharmacy
Expertise: Cardiology; Cardiovascular Surgery; Anticoagulation; Transition of Care; Geriatrics
Office Location: Rinker Health Science Campus 297K
Phone: (714) 516-5421
University of California, Irvine, Bachelor of Science
University of California, San Diego, Doctor of Pharmacy


In addition to the degrees listed in the Education section above, Dr. Tsu holds the following credentials:  BCPS and CGP.  Dr. Tsu completed her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from University of California Irvine, and earned her PharmD degree at University of California San Diego School of Pharmacy.  She completed her PGY1 acute care and PGY2 cardiology residencies at University of California Davis Medical Center.

Prior to joining Chapman University School of Pharmacy, Dr. Tsu was an Assistant Professor at Midwestern University College of Pharmacy – Glendale in Arizona.  During her time there, she was a lecturer and course coordinator in the cardiovascular portion of the curriculum.  She also established her acute care practice site at Banner Boswell Medical Center, a geriatric hospital in Sun City, Arizona.  She served as the clinical pharmacist for the cardiology and cardiovascular surgery teams, while also precepting pharmacy students and residents.  In 2014, she was recognized as the Faculty Preceptor of the Year.

Dr. Tsu’s area of research interest include relates to cardiovascular care in the acute care and transition of care settings.  Her goals are to evaluate the role of pharmacists in patient care outcomes with cardiovascular pharmacotherapy, especially in geriatric patients.  Her current ongoing projects include evaluating the impact of a pharmacist-run transition of care clinic in the geriatric cardiology population, as well as determining outcomes of pharmacotherapy for anticoagulation reversal in cardiac surgery patients.

Select Recent Publications

Dager WE, Tsu LV, Pon TK. Considerations for Systemic Anticoagulation in ESRD. Seminars in Dialysis. 2015 [Epub ahead of print]

Ehrlich C, Tsu LV. Updates in antiarrhythmic therapy for atrial fibrillation in geriatric patients. Consultant Pharmacist. 2015;30:82-91

Tsu LV, Lee S. Use of Ranolazine in the Prevention and Treatment of Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation in Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery. Annals of Pharmacotherapy. 2014;48:633-7

Kitts NK, Reeve AR, Tsu L. Care Transitions in Elderly Heart Failure Patients: Current Practices and the Pharmacist's Role. Consultant Pharmacist. 2014;29:179-90

Tsu LV, Dager WE.  Safety of New Oral Anticoagulants with Dual Antiplatelet Therapy in Patients with Acute Coronary Syndromes.  Annals of Pharmacotherapy. 2013; 47: 573-7

Tsu LV, Dienes JE, Dager WE. Vitamin K dosing to reverse warfarin based on

INR, route of administration, and home warfarin dose in the acute/critical care setting. Annals of Pharmacotherapy. 2012;46:1617-26.

Tsu LV, Dager WE. Comparison of bivalirudin dosing strategies using total, adjusted, and ideal body weights in obese patients with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia. Pharmacotherapy 2012;32:20-6

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Lewis J, Gregorian T, Huntsberry AM, Tsu LV. A Review of Clinical Guidelines and Pharmacotherapeutic Management of Hypertension in Older Adults. Sr Care Pharm. 2019;34(2):86-98.
Won KJ, Bethishou L, Tsu LV. Management of Heart Failure in the Older Adult: Treatment and Opportunities. Sr Care Pharm. 2019 Mar 1;34(3):169-186.
Bethishou L, Gregorian T, Won K, Lopez K, Tsu LV. Management of venous thromboembolism in the elderly: A review of the non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants. Consult Pharm. 2018;33(5):248-61.
Tsu LV, Buckley K, Early N, Jackoski R. Evaluation of multidisciplinary and pharmacy-only student-run clinics on student’s perceptions of interprofessional roles. Curr Pharm Teach Learn. 2018;10(6):785-94
Buckley K, Tsu LV, La Spisa S, Giang K, Bills A, Early N, Jackowski R. A health sciences student-run smoking cessation clinic experience within a homeless population. Journal of the American Pharmacist Association. 2017;57:109-115
Tsu LV, Berry AJ, Krunic N, Penny S, Le S. A Clinical Review of Surgical vs Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement in Geriatric Patients. Consultant Pharmacist. 2017;32(4):202-214
Dea L, Tran J, Tsu LV, Gutierrez M. Management of bipolar disorder. US Pharmacist. 2016;41(11):34-37.