Phillip Thornton


Dr. Thornton began his career in geriatric pharmacy with a specific interest in alleviating adverse drug events. His career has centered on geriatric pharmacy and pharmacy education, most notably in experiential education. His research interests include outcomes of geriatric syndromes (most notably Alzheimer’s disease and heart failure) and experiential education and preceptor development. He has extensive clinical experience in geriatrics in long-term care facilities, geriatric primary care, and acute care. He has published manuscripts and textbooks on geriatrics and experiential education. Dr. Thornton has been involved in several pharmacy organizations.

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D. in Pharmacology, Wake Forest University
  • Postdoctoral fellowship in Alzheimer’s disease, Institute for Brain Aging and Dementia at University of California, Irvine
  • B.S. in Pharmacy, University of Cincinnati


  • Favorite Places to visit: Sailing in Neuse River and Pamlico Sound around Oriental, North Carolina; Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; great restaurants
  • Hobbies: biking, kayaking, running, reading a good book, and spending time with family
  • Why Cedarville: While doing prepharmacy course work at Cedarville, I became well acquainted with the emphasis in a biblical worldview in all disciplines at the university. To be able to train student pharmacists to be excellent pharmacists practitioners is a gift; to be able to train Christian pharmacists to not only be excellent pharmacists but to use their skill set as their mission field is a blessing.

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