Michael O'Neil

Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Phone 865-288-5858

Dr. O’Neil studied chemistry/biochemistry at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. O’Neil was a critical care pharmacist and pain specialist in several institutions including; North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC, the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, WV and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, WV. Dr. O’Neil has been a clinical coordinator of hospital pharmacy services in two major institutions.  Dr. O’Neil has served as residency director in several institutions. Dr. O’Neil has over 20 years’ experience as a critical care and pain specialist.

Dr. O’Neil has taught pharmacy students, pharmacy residents, surgery/medical students, and medical residents in the classroom and at the bedside for more than 23 years. He has completed research and published in several leading health professional journals including pharmacy, dentistry and nursing.

For more than 20 years, Dr. O’Neil has served as consultant and expert on prescription drug abuse and diversion for several entities including the DEA, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the US Attorney’s Office, and the WV Board of Osteopathic Medicine, the WV Board of Dental Examiners, the American Association of Dental Boards and several law enforcement agencies. In 2003, Dr. O’Neil developed and implemented the West Virginia Pharmacist Recovery Network where he served as the Executive Director and investigator for the WVPRN for over eight years.  Dr. O’Neil developed and chaired the West Virginia Controlled Substance Advisory Board and was the founding president of the West Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators. Dr. O’Neil was appointed to the WV Governor’s advisory board for substance abuse and to the Governor's multi-state drug task force for drug abuse and diversion (which includes WV, TN, KY and Ohio). Dr. O’Neil was recently honored by the WV US Attorney’s Office and awarded the 2011 US Attorney’s Office Law Enforcement and Victim Assistance Award. For 12 years Dr. O’Neil has been a certified K9 trainer and handler with a specialty in narcotics.

Currently Dr. O’Neil serves as Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at South College School of Pharmacy in Knoxville, TN.