James M. Backes

School of Pharmacy - Pharmacy Practice
Associate Dean for Clinical and Medical Center Affairs, Assistant Director - Atherosclerosis and LDL-Apheresis Center
Primary office:
The University of Kansas Hospital
University of Kansas Medical Center
Mail Stop 4047; 3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160


Associate Dean Jim Backes earned a B.S. in Pharmacy and Pharm.D. from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. Prior to joining the University of Kansas, he practiced as an ambulatory care pharmacist in the Family Medicine Clinic at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is a professor in the Pharmacy Practice and Internal Medicine departments and serves as the Assistant Director of the Atheroscierosis and LDL-Apheresis Center (ALAC) on the Kansas University Medical Center campus.


Pharm.D., Creighton University School of Pharmacy

B.S., Pharmacy, Creighton University School of Pharmacy

Pre-Pharmacy, Northeast Community College

Courses and Rotations

  • PHPR 647 Pharmacotherapy II
  • PHPR 604 Ambulatory Care (Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience)
  • PHRM 850 Medical Pharmacology (School of Medicine)

Professional Leadership and Service

  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy
  • National Lipid Association
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy (College of Pharmacy Liaison)


  • Evaluating the safety and efficacy of lipid-altering agents and limiting the associated adverse events

Recent Awards and Honors

  • University of Kansas School of Pharmacy
  • Rho Chi Teaching Award (2010)
  • Preceptor of the Year (2000, 2001, and 2008)
  • University of Kansas Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Department Excellence in Teaching Award (2005)
  • First Place Poster Award - Encore Poster Presentation “Evaluation of associations between body mass index and serum vitamin D levels”. April 2nd, 2011. Kansas Council of Health-System Pharmacist Annual Meeting. Lawrence, KS
  • Best Research Poster “Diabetes Care Quality for Kansans with Physical & Developmental Disabilities”. Kansas Public Health Conference 2008. September 17th, 2008, Topeka, KS
  • Finalist Best Poster Competition – 2nd runner up “Once Weekly Statin Therapy Effective and Well-Tolerated in Patients with a Prior Statin Intolerance”. American College of Clinical Pharmacy Spring Meeting. April 8th, 2008, Phoenix, AZ

Selected Publications

  • Moriarty PM, Backes J.M., Ruisinger JF, Schmelzle K, He J, Dutton JA. “Apple Pectin for the Reduction of Niacin-Induced Flushing”. Journal of Clinical Lipidology (in press)
  • Backes J.M., Dayspring T, Mieras T, Moriarty PM. “Pseudohypertriglyceridemia: Two Cases of Probably Glycerol Kinase Deficiency”. Journal of Clinical Lipidology 2012;6:469-473.
  • Backes J.M., Gibson CA, Ruisinger JF, Moriarty PM. “The High-Dose Rosuvastatin Once Weekly Study (HD-ROWS)”. Journal of Clinical Lipidology 2012; 6:362-367
  • Backes J.M., Gibson CA, Ruisinger JF, Moriarty PM. “Modified-Policosanol Does Not Reduce Plasma Lipoproteins in Hyperlipidemic Patients When Used Alone or in Combination with Statin Therapy”. Lipids 2011;46:923-929
  • Backes J.M., Howard PA, Ruisinger JF, Moriarty PM. “Does Simvastatin Cause More Myotoxicity Compared to Other Statins?” Annals of Pharmacotherapy 2009;43:2012-2020
  • Ruisinger JF, Backes JM, Gibson CA, Moriarty PM. "Once-a-Week Rosuvastatin (2.5 to 20 mg) in Patients with a Previous Statin Intolerance". American Journal of Cardiology 2009;103:393-394
  • Backes J.M., Venero CV, Gibson CA, Ruisinger JF, Howard PA, Thompson PD, Moriarty PM. “Effectiveness and Tolerability of Every Other Day Rosuvastatin Dosing in Patients with Prior Statin Intolerance” Annals of  Pharmacotherapy 2008;42:341-346

Selected Presentations

  • “Life in a Lipid-Specialty Clinic”. Key Note Address for the 2012 Greater Omaha Pharmacy Residency Banquet. Creighton University, Omaha, NE, June 14th, 2012
  • “Apple-pectin and its ability to reduce niacin-induced flushing”. The European Atherosclerosis Society Congress, Milan, Italy, May 26-27, 2012
  • “Interdisciplinary Research in a Clinical Setting: From Fruits to Nuts, alternative methods in treating atherosclerosis and dyslipidemia”. Internal Medicine Grand Rounds (CE). University of Kansas Medical Center. August 10th, 2011
  • (Co-presented with Patrick Moriarty, MD and Janelle F. Ruisinger PharmD)
  • “High-Dose Rosuvastatin Once Weekly Study” (HD-ROWS). American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session. New Orleans, LA, April 3rd, 2011
  • “Interdisciplinary Research in a Clinical Setting: The Use of Multiple Disciplines in The Atherosclerosis and LDL-apheresis Center”. Internal Medicine Grand Rounds (CE). University of Kansas Medical Center. January 13th, 2010
  • (Co-presented with Patrick Moriarty, MD)
  • “Once Weekly Statin Therapy Effective and Well-Tolerated in Patients with a Prior Statin Intolerance” (Invited Platform Presentation). 14th World Congress on Heart Disease. The International Academy of Cardiology Annual Scientific Sessions. Toronto, ON, CA, July 27th, 2008

2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to Kansans in need during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
20th among public schools of pharmacy.
—U.S. News & World Report
$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
100 percent placement after graduation for KU Pharm.D. students
Established in 1885 as the 1st professional program at KU
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