Rebecca S. Finley PharmD, MS, FASHP

Founding Dean and Professor, Jefferson School of Pharmacy, Thomas Jefferson University

Rebecca Finley is the Founding Dean and Professor of the Jefferson School of Pharmacy at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She received her BS and PharmD degrees from the University of Cincinnati and her MS in Institutional Pharmacy from the University of Maryland. Dr. Finley also completed a residency at the University of Cincinnati Hospitals. For more than 18 years, she served in a variety of positions at the University of Maryland including Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the School of Pharmacy and Head of Pharmacy Services, at the University of Maryland Cancer Center. Dr. Finley also served as the Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Associate Dean at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. Prior to joining TJU she served as President of the Meniscus Educational Institute, a for-profit, accredited medical education company. Dr. Finley is a Past President of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), a Past President of the Maryland Society of Health System Pharmacists, a Past Chair of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) and was the first chair of the BPS Oncology Pharmacy Specialty Council. She also served on the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research Cancer Pain Guideline expert panel, the American Pain Society Clinical Practice (APS) Guideline Committee and the APS Cancer Pain Guideline Committee. 

Dr. Finley has served on the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of ISMP since 2012. Dr. Finley has twice served as a Dean Facilitator for the Academic Pharmacy Leadership Program of the American Association of College of Pharmacy. In 2018, Dr. Finley received the Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award from ASHP – health-system pharmacy’s highest award. She has been the recipient of the Pharmacist of the Year and the W. Arthur Purdum Award from the Maryland Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Sr. M Gonzales Lecture Award from the Pennsylvania Society of Health System Pharmacists, the Jonathan Roberts Award from the Delaware Valley Society of Health System Pharmacists, the Robert J DeSalvo Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy and the University of Cincinnati Alumni Association 2019 Outstanding Alumni Award. She has served on several editorial boards, including Annals of Pharmacotherapy and Highlights in Oncology Practice and has given over 300 invited presentations both nationally and internationally. Dr. Finley was also the co-editor of the book entitled "Concepts in Oncology Therapeutics", a self-instructional text for pharmacists, which was recognized for its excellence in End of Life content by the Last Acts Coalition and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.