Dr. Neil MacKinnon is Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia. In that capacity, he serves as the Chief Academic Officer of the university, overseeing its 10 colleges and schools, as well as diversity and inclusion, enrollment and student affairs, faculty affairs, institutional effectiveness and planning, instruction and innovation, the registrar’s office, and the research enterprise. He also serves on the board of AU Health.
Prior to his current position, he was dean of the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati. He was director of the State Office of Rural Health for Arizona and a professor at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. He was also professor and associate director for research at the College of Pharmacy at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada.
A native of Nova Scotia, MacKinnon completed an undergraduate degree in pharmacy at Dalhousie University, a master's degree in hospital pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin, an administrative hospital pharmacy residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, and a PhD and fellowship at the University of Florida. He completed a midcareer Harkness Fellowship in international health care policy with the Commonwealth Fund under the direction of Dr. Stephen Soumerai, professor at Harvard Medical School. He completed the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
As a pharmacist, MacKinnon has practiced in both the community and hospital settings. He is a fellow and a past president of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists. In 2010, he co-authored a national bestselling book in Canada with a primary care physician called "Take As Directed." In 2018, he was inducted into the National Academies of Practice. As provost, he maintains an active research program in health policy with over 190 publications and 300 presentations to date. His fourth book, on the opioid crisis, will be published in late 2021.
Areas of Expertise (14)
Opioid agonist maintenance treatment (i.e. addictions treatment via Methadone and Suboxone)
Rural Health Care Access & Delivery
Health Care Error
Rural Health Care Access
Opioid Addiction & Recovery
University of Florida: Ph.D., Pharmacy Health Care Administration 1999
University of Wisconsin - Madison: M.S.C., Pharmacy 1995
Dalhousie University: B.S.C., Phamacy 1993
Media Appearances (3)
Do You Live in a U.S. Opioid OD Hotspot?
Health Day online
he new findings could help policymakers and health care providers by identifying individual and community-level factors associated with an increased risk, according to co-author Neil MacKinnon...
Researchers Find Opiate Overdoses May Lead to Poor Health
Co-author Neil MacKinnon, former dean of UC's James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, said the analysis could help health policymakers and clinicians by identifying individual and community-level factors associated with an increased risk of death due to substance use disorder...
Opiate overdoses linked to poor mental health
Co-author Neil MacKinnon, former dean of UC's James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, said the analysis could help health policymakers and clinicians by identifying individual and community-level factors associated with an increased risk of death due to substance use disorder. He is provost now at Augusta University, Georgia. "We hope the risk factors we identified in this analysis will be used by agencies like RecoveryOhio to plan proactive strategies and allocate resources to address this epidemic," MacKinnon said...
Dynamics of the COVID-19 epidemic in urban and rural areas in the United StatesNational Library of Medicine
There is a growing concern about the COVID-19 epidemic intensifying in rural areas in the United States (U.S.). In this study, we described the dynamics of COVID-19 cases and deaths in rural and urban counties in the U.S.
Perceptions of the provision of drug information, pharmaceutical detailing and engagement with non-personal promotion at a large physicians network: a mixed-methods studyNational Library of Medicine
Non-personal promotion (NPP) such as digital, print-based marketing, direct promotional visits and free drug samples are means of pharmaceutical marketing. This study described practices of drug information, pharmaceutical detailing and engagement with NPP at an integrated network of providers.
Challenges and Facilitators of Implementing a Physician-approved Naloxone Protocol: A Mixed-methods StudyJournal of Addiction Medicine
2021 In 2015, the State of Ohio passed legislation to allow pharmacists to dispense naloxone under a physician-approved protocol. The legislation allows all individuals authorized under a physician-approved protocol to personally furnish naloxone without requiring clients to be seen by a licensed prescriber, thus expanding the capacity of Ohio's community distribution programs.