Neil J MacKinnon, PhD joined the Center for Rural Health in August 2011 as the Center Director, Professor of Public Health, and the Walter H. Pearce Endowed Chair.
Neil grew up in the small towns of Truro and Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada. He completed a Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He then completed a Master’s degree in Hospital Pharmacy and an administrative hospital pharmacy residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Next, he attended the University of Florida where he completed a PhD in Pharmacy Health Care Administration and a fellowship. Finally, in 2007-08, Neil was a Harkness Fellow in International Health Care Policy with the Commonwealth Fund in New York City.
Prior to joining the UA, Dr. MacKinnon was professor and associate director of research at Dalhousie University College of Pharmacy with cross appointments to the Faculty of Medicine and School of Health Administration.
Neil has considerable healthcare experience providing direct patient care as a community and hospital pharmacist. He also served as a member of his local community health board in Nova Scotia and on the drug formulary committee of a large private payer in Canada. In 2010-11, MacKinnon served as President of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists.
He enjoys teaching and won two teaching awards while a faculty member at Dalhousie University. He has supervised and mentored Master’s and PhD students, fellows and residents in a variety of disciplines including health administration, community health and epidemiology, applied health services research, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, occupational therapy, interdisciplinary studies and public health.
Neil’s research projects have included a broad range of topics in addition to rural health, including the quality and safety of the medication-use system, drug policy and the role of health professionals. Neil edited two textbooks and he is the co-author of the Canadian bestsellingbook Take as Directed: Your Prescription for Safe Health Care in Canada (Sept. 2010).
Neil’s wife Leanne is an Arizona native and they have three young daughters, Breagh, Ashlynn and Kaylee. Neil is also known to wear a kilt on special occasions.