Awards and Recognitions

The Chapman/SCAN/Providence PGY1 Managed Care Residency was selected by the Greater Irvine Chamber for the Healthcare in Collaboration Award. An equal partnership between Chapman, SCAN Health Plan, and Providence Medical Foundation, the award was received by Dr. Jelena Lewis and accompanied by other Chapman representatives, including Dean Dr. Ren Ostrom, Associate Deans Dr. Jeff Goad and Dr. Emmanuelle Schwartzman. Also represented was Dr. Jonathan “JJ” Way, the Residency Site Coordinator for SCAN, who graduated from Chapman with his PharmD in 2020.


Gilead’s NOVA RFP has awarded Dr. Jerika Lam $82,871 to fund a clinical trial study on HIV prevention to produce outcomes that will help put an end to the HIV epidemic- A virus that has taken an estimated 40M lives globally. The one-year clinical trial study is titled “Exploring barriers and facilitators to pharmacy-based HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis.” She will serve as the PI for this study.


  • Oral (e.g., Platform Presentations, Symposiums, Plenaries, Keynotes)
    • Dr. Sherry Wang, an assistant professor, and Dr. Jianwei Zheng, a research associate for Chapman Pharmacy, presented “Geographic Disparities in Prevalence of Adolescents and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Patients: A National Study of 54,634 Patients in 2006-2021” on January 18, 2023, in Los Angeles, CA. The presentation took place at the National NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center Meeting “Solving Critical Problems in Cancer Control using Spatial Science.”
    • Dr. Laressa Bethishou spoke at a faculty panel for “COVID Keepers: Takeaways for Engaged Teaching” at the JanCon2023 Teaching Conference in Orange, CA on January 12, 2023.


Dean Dr. Ren Ostrom, among others, worked on an editorial “Adenylyl Cyclase Isoforms as Potential Drug Targets. Frontiers in Pharmacology.”

Dr. Rachita Sumbria and research specialist Dr. Rudy Chang assisted in Neural Repair: Methods and Protocols. Methods in Molecular Biology, First Edition, authoring sections focusing on quantitative evaluation of cerebral microhemorrhages in the mouse brain and neural repairs.

Dr. Sherry Wang authored an article on the effectiveness of pay-it-forward in addressing HPV vaccine delay and increasing uptake among 15–18-year-old adolescent girls compared to user-paid vaccination, among other experts in the field.

Dr. Sherry Wang and research associate Dr. Jianwei Zheng assisted in authoring “Predicting suicidal and self-injurious events in a correctional setting using AI algorithms on unstructured medical notes and structured data” in the Journal of Psychiatric Research.

Drs. Keykavous Parang, Hamid Montazeri Aliabadi, Rakesh Tiwari, and guest researcher Sandeep Lohan published Compositions and methods for nucleic acid delivery.