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Neil J. MacKinnon, BSc (Pharm), MSc (Pharm), Ph.D., FCSHP - “Dean Mac”

Dean Mac in Hallway of College of Pharmacy

In summer 2013, Neil MacKinnon was appointed Dean and Professor of the James L Winkle College of Pharmacy.

Dean MacKinnon is an academic health leader & administrator, a health services researcher, a health policymaker and a health educator. He has expertise and interest in under-served patient populations, patient safety, international health policy, improving the safety and effectiveness of the medication-use system, the use of social media in healthcare and the optimal balance of access to care, costs of care and the safety and quality of care.

Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, Dean MacKinnon completed an undergraduate degree in pharmacy at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, a Master's degree in Hospital Pharmacy and an administrative hospital pharmacy residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, and a PhD and a fellowship at the University of Florida. He also completed a midcareer fellowship in international health care policy with the Commonwealth Fund in New York City under the direction of Dr. Stephen Soumerai, Professor at Harvard Medical School. In 2014, Dean MacKinnon completed the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

A pharmacist, Dr. MacKinnon has practiced in both the community and hospital settings. He is a Past President and a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists.

Prior to his current position, Dean MacKinnon was Professor and the Walter Pearce Endowed Chair and Section Chair of Public Health Policy & Management at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. He was also the Director of the Center for Rural Health which houses the state office for rural health in Arizona. The center works to improve access to high quality, cost-effective healthcare to the 900,000 residents of rural Arizona.  The center was named the Outstanding Rural Health Organization for 2013 by the National Rural Health Association.  Neil has also been the Associate Director for Research, Professor, and the Merck Frosst Chair of Patient Health Management at Dalhousie University.

As Dean, Dr. MacKinnon maintains an active research program. Over the course of his research career, he has been the P.I./co-P.I./Center Director on 42 grants and a co-investigator/collaborator on 24 grants. His research outputs include 150+ journal articles/reports/book chapters, 100+ scientific posters and 250+ presentations at scientific/healthcare meetings. In 2010, he co-authored the Canadian national bestselling book Take as Directed: Your Prescription for Safe Health Care in Canada with Rhonda Church, a family physician. He has also been the editor of two books: Seamless Care: A Pharmacist’s Guide to Providing Continuous Care Programs and Safe and Effective. The Eight Essential Elements of an Optimal Medication-Use System.

As Dean, Dr. MacKinnon continues to teach to PharmD students, pre-pharmacy students, graduate students and pharmacy residents and provides continuing education to practicing pharmacists. He is a two-time recipient of the Jessie I MacKnight Award for Teaching Excellence at the Dalhousie University College of Pharmacy.

Neil and his wife Leanne, an occupational therapist, have three daughters, Breagh, Ashlynn and Kaylee. They are involved in teaching in their local church, Horizon Community Church, in Newtown, Ohio.

Dean MacKinnon is actively engaged on social media with a Klout score of 64. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @RxDeanMac

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