Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy professor named to Canadian Institutes of Health Research College of Reviewers


Dr. Jack Fincham, professor of pharmaceutical and administrative sciences at the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy recently accepted an invitation to join the Canadian Institutes of Health Research College of Reviewers.

The invitation was made in recognition of Fincham’s accomplished career, demonstrated track record of excellence, and dedication to peer review.

“Accepting this appointment to the College of Reviewers is important for me, but also for our School of Pharmacy and Presbyterian College,” Fincham said. “It will allow me to share new and innovative research areas of interest with many of my colleagues here at PC as well.”

The College of Reviewers works to establish an internationally recognized, centrally managed resource to support excellence in peer review for diverse and emerging health research and knowledge translation activities.

In addition, the College of Reviewers will enhance current peer review practices by systematizing reviewer recruitment to identify and mobilize the appropriate expertise for the review of all funding competitions. By developing customized learning and mentoring programs and implementing quality assurance programs that support continuous improvement at all levels, the College of Reviewers’ aim is to provide reviewers with knowledge and resources necessary to conduct consistent, fair, and high quality reviews.

Fincham is a pharmacist, graduating from the University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy. He obtained his Ph.D. in pharmacy from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. He also obtained a post-graduate degree in health economics from the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland. Since 2014, Fincham has been professor of pharmaceutical and administrative sciences at Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy.

Fincham has researched health outcomes, pharmacoepidemiology, public health, global public health issues, and health policy during his career. He owned a pharmacy in Montrose, Colo., prior to entering graduate school to pursue his Ph.D. Currently, he serves as a special appointee to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs Advisory Committee.

During the initial offering to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rollout of the Medicare Part D Drug Benefit, Fincham was an advisor to CMS. He has served a dean of pharmacy at the University of Kansas, was an associate dean, department chair, and was the A.W. Jowdy Distinguished Professor at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. He has published 250 journal articles and authored or co-authored 13 books.


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