Rear Admiral (Upper Half) Thomas J. McGinnis
Rear Adm. Thomas J. McGinnis, Assistant Surgeon General, United States Public Health Service, received his second star during a
promotion ceremony held at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, March 6, 2009. McGinnis is the Chief, Pharmaceutical Operations
Directorate, responsible for pharmacy operations of the TRICARE Management Activity.
Rear Adm. Robert Williams, Acting Deputy Surgeon General of the United States was master of ceremony. Remarks were by S. Ward Casscells,
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Rear Adm. Steven Galson, Acting Surgeon General of the United States and
Army Major General Elder Granger, Deputy Director of TRICARE Management Activity.
Before joining the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Defense,
Rear Admiral McGinnis served as Director of Pharmacy Affairs, Office of Policy, in the Office of the Commissioner at FDA. He began his career at
FDA in 1977 as a Drug Information Specialist in the Division of Over-the-Counter Drug Evaluation. In 1981, he moved to the Division of Drug
Information Resources in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research's Office of Management. In 1983, he became Chief of the Drug Information
Services Branch and in 1985 was appointed acting director of the Division of Drug Information Resources where he was responsible for publishing
FDA's "Orange Book" and other drug information publications.
In 1990, he helped establish the new Office of Generic Drugs and served
as Special Assistant to the Office Director until joining the Office of the Health Affairs, Office of the Commissioner in 1991. He became Deputy
Associate Commissioner for Health Affairs in 1997 and, in 1999, moved to the Office of Policy in the Office of the Commissioner. He served as
head of FDA’s technology implementation team, directing activities on bar coding and radio frequency identification on drug products. He also
served as Agency spokesperson with the press and electronic media on pharmacy related topics including counterfeiting and prescription drug
importation. During his tenure at FDA, he served on numerous Agency committees, represented the Agency at a variety of hearings and
conferences, and was a featured speaker on important issues related to FDA and the practice of medicine and pharmacy.
Rear Admiral McGinnis earned his pharmacy degree from Rutgers University in 1977, completed his Masters in General Administration (ABD) in 1991
from the University of Maryland and is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute. He has received numerous awards and honors throughout
his career in the U.S. Public Health Service. In 1994, The Rutgers College of Pharmacy named him Alumnus of the Year. He is a member of the
Board of Advisory of Rutgers College of Pharmacy and a nonresident member of the Board of Directors of the Navy Mutual Aid Association.