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James C. Coons, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-CV) is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics at the School of Pharmacy and a clinical pharmacist specializing in cardiology at UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside. He is also the PGY-2 cardiology pharmacy residency program director at UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside.
After receiving his PharmD from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000, he completed a PGY-1 residency in pharmacy practice at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville in 2002. From there, he returned to Pittsburgh to complete a PGY-2 specialty residency in cardiology pharmacy practice at the University of Pittsburgh in 2003.
From 2003 to 2012, Coons was a clinical pharmacy specialist in cardiology at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) in Pittsburgh. During that time, he managed patients in the cardiac intensive care unit and those under the care of the advanced heart failure service. He also served as the PGY-1 residency program director at AGH from 2005 to 2012.
Coons' clinical practice sites at UPMC include the cardiac intensive care unit and the pulmonary hypertension clinic. His clinical interests are in the management of patients with acute coronary syndromes that undergo percutaneous coronary intervention as well as those with advanced heart failure and pulmonary vascular diseases.