Dennis Cheek

Abell-Hanger Professor of Gerontological Nursing

Educational Background

  • Doctorate of Philosophy major in Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology from University of Nevada, Reno, 1996
  • Master of Science in Nursing major in Critical Care Nursing and minor in Nursing Education  from University of California, San Francisco, 1988
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University, Fresno, 1982

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Pathophysiology (undergraduate nursing-course under development)
  • Advanced Pathophysiology (graduate nursing)
  • Pharmacotherapeutics (undergraduate nursing)
  • Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics (graduate nursing)
  • Advanced Pharmacology (nurse anesthesia)
  • Cardiovascular Physiology and Pathophysiology (nurse anesthesia)
  • Emerging Sciences for the Advanced Healthcare Provider (doctor of nursing practice)

Areas of Interest in Research or Professional Practice
My program of research is women and heart disease, specifically looking at the endothelial cell changes pre and post-menopausal and subsequent symptom presentation. Included in the program of research is identification of a biomarker for the at risk women for developing acute coronary syndrome.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses, 1982-present
  • American Heart Association-Council on Cardiovascular Nursing, 1998-present
  • American Nurse Association/Texas Nurse Association, 2004-present
  • American Physiological Society, 1999-present
  • American Society for Pharmacological and Experimental Therapeutics, 1994-present
  • International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG), 2009-present
  • National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialist (NACNS), 2005-present
  • National Gerontological Nursing Association, 2004-present
  • Southern Nursing Research Society, 2002-present
  • Sigma theta Tau International-Beta Alpha chapter, 2004-present

Professional Service

  • International Society of Nursing in Genetics (ISONG)-Elected Board Member, 2014-2016
  • Texas Nurses Association, District 3—Immediate Past President—2013–2014
  • Texas Nurses Association, District 3-President—2011-2013
  • Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS)-Communication liaison with Program Committee 2012
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)—Summer Conference Planning Committee-2010-2011
  • Board of Director-Texas Nurse Association, District 3, 2007-2014
  • Research Leadership Network-American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), 2008-2012
  • Doctoral Education Conference SubCommittee-American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), 2010-12
  • Research Committee, National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA), 2005-2013
  • International Society of Nursing in Genetics (ISONG)-Plenary Committee, 2009-2010

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient of the Ruth Eloise Sperry Teaching Award, 2010
  • Nominated for the Dean’s Research Award, Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences Representative, 2009
  • Nominated by a member of the TCU House of Student Representative for the 2009 SGA Academic Excellence Award, 2009
  • Nominated for Great100 Nurses, 2008
  • Recipient of 3rd Prize in Clinical Writing Award by Nursing2007, 2007
  • Recipient of the Faculty of the Year Award by Student Nurses Association, 2007
  • Nominated for the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity, College of Health and Human Sciences representative, 2004
  • Named Abell-Hanger Professor of Gerontological Nursing, 2004
  • Fellow of the American Heart Association and Council on Cardiovascular Nursing (FAHA), 2002
  • Invited Fellow Inaugural NIH/NINR Summer Genetic Institute, summer 2000

Selected Publications

Cheek, D.J. and Howington, L.H. (2017). Patient care in the dawn of the genomic age. New scientific developments come with new nursing considerations. American Nurse Today, 12(3), 16-22. (CE)

Cheek, D.J. (2017). Pharmacogenomics: Strategies for individualized care. Nursing Critical Care2017, 12(1), 22-31.

Flanagan, A., & Cheek, D. J. (2016). Anesthetic management of a patient with mitochondrial encephalopathy, lactic acidosis and stroke-like symptoms (MELAS): a case study. Anesthesia eJournal, 4(1):20-25.

Sherrod, M. M., Cheek, D. J., & Seale, A. (2016). Improved patient outcomes with oral heart failure medications in the home healthcare setting. Home Healthcare Now, 34(5), 242-253. May, CE

Cheek, D.J. & Bashore, L., Brazeau, D. (2015). Pharmacogenomics and implications for nursing practice. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 47(6):496-504.   Article first published online: 15 OCT 2015 DOI: 10.1111/jnu.12168

Cheek, D. & Brazeau, D. (2015). Genetically modified. Nursing Management-UK, 22(3):13.

Sherrod, M., McIntire, N., & Cheek, D.J. (2015). Follow the guideline for reducing cardiovascular risk with statins. April 24 Epub ahead of print Nursing 2015.

Cheek, D. J.  (2015).  Pharmacogenomics and older adult patients. In D.H. Lea, D.Cheek, D. Brazeau & G. Brazeau  (Eds.), Mastering Pharmacogenomics: A nurse’s handbook for success. Indianaolis, IN, Sigma Theta Tau International.

Welliver, M., Cheek, D., Osterbrink, J. & McDonough, J. (2015). Worldwide experience with sugammadex sodium: Implications for the United States. AANA Journal, 83(2), 107-114.

Arbique, D., Cheek, D.J., Welliver, M. & Vongpatanasin, W.  (2014). Management of neurogenic orthostatic hypotension. Journal of American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA, 15(4), 234-239.

Antimisaris, D., & Cheek, D.J. (2013). Polypharmacy. In K. Mauk (Ed.), Gerontological nursing: competencies for care (3rd edition).Sudbury, MA Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Martin, L. M., Cheek, D. J., & Morris, S. E. (2013). Shock, multiple organ dysfunction syndrome and burns in adults. In K. McCance & S. Huether (Eds.), Pathophysiology: The biologic basis for disease in adults.

Cheek, D.J. (2013). Mutation and Von Willebrand disease. Nursing2013CriticalCare, 8(3):11-13.

Sherrod, M.M., Sherrod, N.M., Spritzer, M.T. & Cheek D.J. (2013). AHA recommendations for preventing heart disease in women. Nursing 2013, 43(5):61-65.

Cheek, D.J. (2013). What you need to know about pharmacogenomics. Nursing2013-1/30/2013 ePub ahead of print. Nursing2013, 43(3), 44-48.

Sherrod, M., McIntire, N., Spritzer, M. & Cheek, D.J. (2012). Prevention of heart disease in women: Considerable challenges remain. Open Journal of Nursing, 2(3),176-180.

*Phillips, M. D., Parizi, R. M., Cheek D.J., Wooten, J.S., Barbee, J.J. & Mitchell, J.B. (2012). Resistance training reduces subclinical inflammation in obese, postmenopausal women. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Aug 7, 2012 (ePub ahead of print)

Howington, L., Riddlesperger, K., & Cheek, D.J. (2011). Essential nursing competencies for genetics and genomics: Implications for critical care. Critical Care Nurse, 31(5),e1-e7. doi: 10.4037/ccn2011867.

Cheek, D.J., & Jone T. (2009) Safe surgery initiative saves lives. Nursing 2009, 39(8), 14-15

Welliver, M. & Cheek, D.J., (2009). An update on sugammadex sodium. AANA Journal. 77(3):219-228.

Cheek, D.J., Hawthorne, J. & Sherrod, M.M. (2009). Unlocking the secrets of two common cardiac conditions. Nursing2009. 39(1):52-56.

Anderson-Pompa, K., Foster, A., Parker, L., Wilks, L., Mills, T., McSherry, G., Dore, M. and Cheek, D.J., (2008). Genetics and susceptibility to malignant hyperthermia. Critical Care Nurse. 28(6):32-37, CE

Cheek, D.J., Sherrod, M.M., Graulty, R., and Hawkins, J. (2008). Oral heart failure medications: An update for home health clinicians. Home Healthcare Nurse. 26(10): 600-613.

Cheek, D.J., & Rogers, S. (2008). SIRS and Multi Organ Dysfunction Syndrome (MODS) Chapter in Carlson, K.K. (Ed) AACN Textbook of Advanced Critical Care Nursing.

Watkins, A.M., Cheek, D.J., Harvey, A.E., Gillam, K.E. & Mitchell, J.B. (2008). Heat acclimation and HSP-72 expression in exercising humans. International Journal of Sports Medicine. 29(4):269-276.

Cheek, D.J., Graulty, R.D., & Bryant, S.L. (2008). Meet the multitasking endothelium. Nursing Made Incredibly Easy, 6(4):18-25.

Cheek, D.J., Sherrod, M.M. & Tester, J.E. (2008). Women and heart disease: What’s new? Nursing2008 38(1):36-40.

Cheek, D.J., Hawley, D.A. & Moser, D.K. (2007). Regulation of cardiac output and blood pressure. Chapter 7 in D.K. Moser and B. Riegel, Cardiac Nursing: A Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease. W. B. Saunders

Cheek, D.J., Sherrod, M.M. & Tester, JE (2007). Women and heart disease: What’s new? Cardiac Insider 37:8-13

Watkins, A.M., Cheek, D.J., Harvey, A.E., Gillam, K.E. & Mitchell, J.B. (2007). Heat acclimation and HSP-72 expression in exercising humans. International Journal of Sports Medicine September 18, 2007, 40-44-Online Pre-publication.

Watkins, A.M., Cheek, D.J., Harvey, A.E., Harvey, A.E., Goodwin, J.D., Blair, K.E. & Mitchell, J.B. (2007). Heat shock protein (HSP-72) levels skeletal muscle following work in heat. Aviation Space and Environmental Medicine, 78(9):901-905.

Sherrod, M.M., Albarez, Y., Brookshire, A., & Cheek, D.J. (2007). A women’s worst enemy. American Nurse Today, 2(2): 25-31.

Cheek, D.J., McGeHee-Smith, H. & Good, J. (2006). New respect for the humble endothelium. Nursing2006, 36(3):44-47. [3rd place in Nursing2007 Clinical Writing Contest]

Edkins, R. E., & Cheek, D.J. (2006). Pharmacogenetics. In M. Runge & C. Patterson (Eds.), Principles of Molecular Medicine (2nd ed., pp. 34-38). Totowa, NJ: Humana Press.

Baldwin, K.M., Cheek, D.J. & Morris, S.E. (2006). Shock, multiple organ dysfunction syndrome and burns in adult. Chapter 46 in K.L. McCance & S.E. Huether (Eds) Pathophysiology: The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults & Children, 5th edition. Mosby.

Cheek, D.J., & Hall, M.A. (2005). Hematology and immunology. Chapter 7 in J.G. Alspach (Ed) Core Curriculum in Critical Care Nursing, 6 th edition . PA: Elsevier Publishers.

Cesan, A., Desamero, J.L. & Cheek, D.J. (2005). Genetic issues in Critical Care. Chapter 9 in P.G. Morton, B.M. Gallo & C.M. Hudak (Eds) Critical Care Nursing A Holistic Approach . PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Cheek, D.J. & Harshaw-Ellis, K. (2005). Advanced practice nurses in non-primary care roles: the evolution of specialty and acute care practices. Chapter 6 in J. Stanley (Ed) Advanced Practice Nursing-Emphasizing Common Roles, 2 nd edition. F.A. Davis

Cheek, D.J., McGehee-Smith, H., Cunneen, J. & Cartwright, M. (2005). Sepsis: a closer look. Nursing2005, 35(1):38-42.

Cheek, D.J., Jensen, L., & McGehee-Smith, H. (2004). Preventing and treating heart disease in women. A Guide to Women’s Health-A supplement to Nursing2004 & The Nurse Practitioner, November, 4-8.

Gary, R.A., Sueta , C.A. , Rosenberg , B., & Cheek, D.J. (2004). Use of the six-minute walk test in women with diastolic heart failure. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, 24(4):264-268.

Gary, R.A., Sueta, Dougherty, M., C.A. , Rosenberg , B., Cheek, D.J., Preisser, J., Neelon, V., & McMurray, R. (2004). Home-based exercise improves functional performance and quality of life in women with diastolic heart failure. Heart & Lung, 33(4);210-218.

Cheek, D.J., & VanSoeren, M. (2004). Preface. Acute Cardiology-Update. Nursing Clinics of North America, 39(4):791-2.

Kaufman, J.S, & Cheek, D.J. (2004). Men’s cardiovascular and pulmonary health. Nursing Clinics of North America, 39(2):283-300.

Olson, D., Cheek, D.J. & Morgenlander, J.C. (2004). The impact of bispectral index monitoring on rates of propofol administration. Biological Mediators. AACN Clinical Issues: Advanced Practice in Acute and Clinical Care, 15(1):63-73

Van Soeren, M., & Cheek, D.J. (2004). Preface. Biological Mediators. AACN Clinical Issues: Advanced Practice in Acute and Clinical Care, 15(1):1-2.

Cheek, D.J.
& Cesan, A. (2003). What is the difference with women and heart disease? Nursing2003, 33(8):36-42-Continuing Education

Coffey, M., Crowder, G.K., Clark, T.S., & Cheek, D.J. (2003). Reducing coronary artery disease by decreasing homocysteine levels. Critical Care Nurse,23(1):25-30.

Cheek, D.J., & Cesan, A. (2003). Genetic predictors of cardiovascular disease: The use of chip technology. The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 18(1):50-56.

Cheek, D.J. (2002). Preface. Current Issues in Genetics. AACN Clinical Issues: Advanced Practice in Acute and Clinical Care, 13(4):485.

Tinkle, M., & Cheek, D.J. (2002). Human genomic: Challenges and opportunities. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing,31(2):30-38.

Buxton, I.L.O., Kaiser, R.A., Oxhorn, B.C., & Cheek, D.J. (2001). Evidence supporting the nucleotide axis hypothesis: ATP release and metabolism by coronary endothelium. American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory, 281:1657-1666.

Cheek, D.J. (2001). Genomics and nursing. Central lines 17(3):14

Moser, T.L., Kenan, D.J., Uma, K., Ashley, T.A., Roy, J.A., Goodman, M.D., Cheek, D.J., & Pizzo, S.V. (2001). Endothelial cell surface F1 FO ATP synthase is active in ATP synthesis and is inhibited by angiostatin. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 98(12):6656-6661.

Cheek, D.J., & Buxton, I.L.O. (2000). Preface. Pathophysiology. AACN Clinical Issues: Advanced Practice in Acute and Clinical Care, 11(2):157.

Oxhorn, B., Cheek, D.J., & Buxton, I.L.O. (2000). Role of nucleotides and nucleosides in the regulation of cardiac blood flow. AACN Clinical Issues: Advanced Practice in Acute and Clinical Care, 11(2): 241-251

Cheek, D.J., Blood-Siegfried, J., McHugh, J.M., McFetridge, J.F., & Turner, B.T. (2000). Historical perspective on the discovery of adenyl purines. Biological Research for Nursing, 1(4): 263-273.

McHugh, J.C., & Cheek, D.J. (1998). Nitric oxide and regulation of vascular tone: Pharmacological and physiologic considerations. American Journal of Critical Care, 7(2):131-140.

Smith, A.S., Cheek, D.J., Buxton, I.L.O., & Westfall, D.P. (1997). Competition of adenine nucleotides for an [3H]-DPCPX binding site in rat vas deferens. Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology, 24(7):492-497.

Yang, S., Cheek, D.J., Westfall, D.P., & Buxton, I.L.O. (1994). A purinergic axis in cardiac blood vessels: Agonist mediated release of ATP from cardiac endothelial cells. Circulation Research, 74(3): 401-407.

Buxton, I.L.O., Cheek, D.J., Eckman, D.M., Westfall, D.P., Sanders, K.M., & Keef, K.D. (1993). Nitro-1-arginine methyl ester and other alkyl esters of arginine are muscarinic receptor antagonist. Circulation Research, 72(2):387-395.

Recent Presentations
Cheek, D.J. (2010). Endothelium and the growing fire within. Accepted to the 35th National Teaching Institute and Clinical Care Exposition of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Washington, D.C.

Cheek, D.J., (2009). Pharmacogenomics: The Genomic Connection. Accepted to 35th National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Cheek, D.J., & Reagan, C. (2009). Medication and the older adult. Hogstel Gerontological Nursing Symposium, Sponsored by TCU-Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences and John Peter Smith Healthcare Network, April 14

Watkins, AM, Cheek, D.J., Harvey , AE, Gillam, KE, Willoughby , DS and Mitchell, JB. (2006) The relationship between cellular heat tolerance and whole body heat acclimation in exercising humans. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. Suppl . 38(5): S355.

Watkins, AM, Cheek, D.J., Harvey , AE, Smith, H, Goodwin, JD, Gillam, KE, and Mitchell, JB. (2005) The effects of acute aerobic exercise in hot environment on HSP-72 expression in human skeletal muscle. FASEB Journal 19(4):A114.12-#595.

Gary, RA, Dougherty, MC, Sueta, CA, Cheek, D.J., Rosenberg, B, Preisser, JD, Neelon, VJ, and McMurray, RG. (2004). Home-based exercise improves tolerance and quality of life in women with diastolic heart failure. Accepted to Southern Nursing Research Society 18 th Annual Conference, Louisville, Kentucky.

Cheek, D.J. (2004). Endothelium: The New Organ. Accepted to 30 th National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Cheek, D.J. (2004). The Role of Endothelium in the Inflammatory Response. Accepted to 30 th National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Cheek, D.J. (2003). Women and heart disease/Endothelium: the new organ. Nurse Anesthesia Program at Florida International University, Miami, Florida.

Cheek, D.J., Klein, C. & Greenlaw, D. (2003). How to become an NTI speaker. 30th Annual American Association of Critical Care Nurses National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Expostion, San Antonio, Texas.

Cheek, D.J. & Harshaw-Ellis, K. (2001). Emerging acute care nurse practitioner. Inaugural conference of the International Network of Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Practice Nurses held in Malahide County, Dublin, Ireland sponsored by Royal College of Nursing, United Kingdom and Irish Nursing Organisation.

Cheek, D.J. (2001). Cardiovascular Nursing Research. Annual Workshop of the Foothills Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Hickory, North Carolina.

Cheek, D.J. (2000). What part of NO (nitric oxide) don’t you understand? Triangle Association of Critical Care Nurses, Durham, North Carolina.

Moser, T.L., Cheek, D.J., Kilhstrom, S.L., Kenan, D.J., & Pizzo, S.L. (2000). Inhibition of ATP synthesis on the surface of endothelial cells by angiostatin. Duke University Medical Center Research Symposium.

Harshaw-Ellis, K., & Cheek, D.J. (1998). Collaborative practice model in a community hospital setting for the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Sixth Annual Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Conference, University of Pittsburgh.