Jonathan  Thigpen
Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Curricular Innovation and Professional Development
McWhorter School of Pharmacy
1440 CHS Building 1

Jonathan Thigpen is the assistant dean for curricular innovation and professional development at Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy. He obtained his PharmD from Samford University before completing two postdoctoral fellowships; University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine (pharmacoepidemiology/pharmacogenetics) and Duquesne University School of Pharmacy (academia/research). From there, he entered academia as full-time faculty at Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy.

After six years in Baltimore, and having cemented his passion for academia, his journey took him back to Samford where he serves in his current role. His primary responsibilities are to oversee the implementation of a new and innovative curriculum while empowering faculty to grow professionally.

He is extensively involved in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), having held various leadership roles among its standing and ad hoc committees, councils, sections, and special interest groups.

In his free time, he enjoys spending his free time with his wife and two children.

Degrees and Certifications

  • PharmD, Samford University
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Academia and Research, Duquesne University
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacogenetics, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

Honors and Awards

  • Teacher of the Year – Notre Dame of Maryland University, 2019
  • Rho Chi


  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
  • American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, Editorial Board
  • Heterodox Academy, Health Professions Education Community, Inaugural Founder, Community Moderator


  • Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • Admissions
  • Public Health and Health Disparities
  • Clinical Research

Recent Publications

  • Jonathan Thigpen, Emmeline Tran, Damianne Brand, Vibhuti Agrahari. Technology: Deux Ex Machina. CPTL Pulses. September 15, 2020. Link
  • Chapters “Interprofessional collaboration: Transforming public health through teamwork”, “The “state” of things: Epidemiologic comparisons across populations”, “Saying what you mean doesn’t always mean what you say: Cross-cultural communication“, and “More than just diet and exercise: Social determinants of health and well-being”. In: Covvey JR, Arya V, DiPietro Mager N, Gilman N, Herring M, Lukas S, Ochs L, Waddington L, eds. Public health in pharmacy practice: a casebook. 1st ed. Genesco, NY: Open SUNY Textbooks; 2020. Available at: Link.
  • Min Kwon, Ashley E. Moody, Jonathan Thigpen, Andrea Gauld. Implementation and Evaluation of an Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Distribution Training in a Pharmacist Laboratory. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. February 2020, 84 (2) 7179; DOI: Link.
  • Sharon Park, Jonathan Thigpen, James Lee. Coverage of pharmacogenetic tests by private health insurance companies. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, 2019. DOI: Link.
  • Jonathan Thigpen. The Need for Political Diversity in Professional Health Education. Areo. April 16, 2019.
  • Darae Ko, Jonathan L. Thigpen, James A. Otis, Kristen Forster, Lori Henault, Emily Quinn, Yorghos Tripodis, Peter B. Berger, Nita Limdi, Elaine, M. Hylek. Influence of statin therapy at time of stroke onset on functional outcome among patients with atrial fibrillation. Int J Cardiol. 2017 Jan 15;227:808-12. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2016.10.055.
  • Fritsch MA, Culver N, Culhane N, Thigpen J, Lin A. AdvoCaring: A Cocurricular Program to Provide Advocacy and Caring to Underserved Populations in Baltimore. Am J Pharm Educ. 2016 Sep 25;80(7):126. PubMed PMID: 27756934.
  • Aronis KN (co-first author), Thigpen JL (co-first author), Tripodis Y, Dillon C, Forster K, Henault L, Quinn EK, Berger PB, Limdi NA, Hylek EM. Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and the hazards of under-treatment. Int J Cardiol. 2016 Jan 1;202:214-20. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2015.09.006.
  • Limdi NA, Brown TM, Yan Q, Thigpen JL, Shendre A, Liu N, Hill CE, Arnett DK, Beasley TM. Race influences warfarin dose changes associated with genetic factors. Blood. 2015 May 29. DOI: 10.1182/blood-2015-02-627042.
  • Thigpen JL, Dillon C, Forster KB, Henault L, Quinn EK, Tripodis Y, Berger PB, Hylek EM, Limdi NA. Validity of International Classification of Disease Codes to Identify Ischemic Stroke and Intracranial Hemorrhage among Individuals with Associated Diagnosis of Atrial Fibrillation. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2015 Jan;8(1):8-14. DOI: 10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.113.000371. PMCID: PMC4654947.
  • Thigpen JL, Limdi NA. Reversal of Oral Anticoagulation. Pharmacotherapy. 2013 Apr 18. DOI: 10.1002/phar.1270. PMCID: PMC3800206

Recent Presentations

  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL 2019. “Improving pharmacy education through creation of a nationwide educational collaborative: the example of antimicrobial stewardship”.
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL 2019. “Are you ready? Integrating emergency preparedness into the pharmacy curriculum”.
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting, Boston, MA 2018. “Healthcare Reform: Training Pharmacy Students to Empower Patients to Navigate the Changing Healthcare Environment”.
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy – 2017 webinar. “The Role of Public Health Education in the Pharmacy Curriculum”.

Research Areas 

  • Academia
  • Viewpoint Diversity
  • Public Health
  • Pharmacoepidemiology