George MacKinnon III PhD, MS, RPh

My MCW Story: George MacKinnon III

a bold and daring pioneer brings pharmacy education home

Dr. MacKinnon's Installation Ceremony

George MacKinnon III PhD, MS, RPh, Founding Dean of the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Pharmacy School, is bringing the best in pharmacy education to Milwaukee, with a focus on elevating pharmacists’ contribution to the healthcare continuum.

Dr. MacKinnon is a Wisconsin native and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy and Loyola University. During his career, he served in a leadership capacity in the establishment and accreditation of three new colleges of pharmacy in the U.S. The advancing team-based healthcare delivery models, coupled with an undersupply of primary care providers in Wisconsin, drove Dr. MacKinnon to set his sights on developing a pipeline of new, world-class pharmacists to ensure high quality healthcare continues for future generations throughout his home state.

“We truly have a once-in-a-professional-lifetime opportunity here at MCW, and we intend to maximize it,” Dr. MacKinnon said. “The MCW Pharmacy School is poised to fundamentally change the education of Doctor of Pharmacy students and advance the profession to impact patient care in the State of Wisconsin and beyond. Our intentions are not only to produce the pharmacy graduate of the future, but also create, in conjunction with our medical colleagues, other healthcare providers and institutions, practice models and teams of the future that appropriately leverage the role of the pharmacist to achieve better health outcomes in patients.

George E. MacKinnon III, PhD, MS, RPh, was installed as the Founding Dean of the School of Pharmacy in a ceremony on Tuesday, April 5, at the MCW Campus. 

 
 
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