2020 Departmental of Health Administration and Policy Distinguished Alumni Award

John FinleyThe 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for the Department of Health Administration and Policy goes to John Finley, JD/MPH 

John Finley earned his JD/MPH degree in 2002, and while a student, he served as the ACHE President. He was the first OU student selected as a Presidential Management Fellow. From 2002-2004, he served as Fellow in the White House and at the US Food and Drug Administration. In these roles, he coordinated the development and implementation of a range of health care legal and policy issues, including food, drug and public health policy. He was the lead attorney on the US Surgeon General’s Task Force on Drug Importation and he coordinated the White House-led, inter-agency policy process to authorize the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in 2003. Many have considered this program to be the most successful US led, international public health program in history. 

Since graduating from OU, John has dedicated his career to improving the lives of patients and improving the public health by taking leadership positions in key health care companies. John has almost 20 years of leadership on a broad range of healthcare laws, policy and regulations governing the activities of pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors, health care providers, pharmacies and healthcare payers. He has extensive experience with FDA, CMS, and the OIG within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). John even developed the most common risk structure used by compliance departments across the US. 

John has held the top legal, research and compliance positions at the University of Kansas, Aetna, WakeMed, the FDA and the White House. He has helped major medical centers, pharmacies and Fortune 100 healthcare companies build their legal, audit, and compliance functions and strengthen their relationships with regulators following the resolution of first of its kind material litigation. He has led successful resolution of federal investigations and legal actions and effectively implemented six Corporate Integrity Agreements, one CMS exclusion, two FCPA cases and one Deferred Prosecution Agreement. 

John has built and led global legal, compliance, audit, privacy, and regulatory affairs programs across complex domestic and international jurisdictions and regulatory environments. He has built and provided leadership to international teams on federal and state regulatory obligations in 37 countries and led teams of 22-600 people. He has built established and overseen collaborative processes for the proactive identification and analysis of risks and related control gaps in business operations. John is currently leading several strategic priorities including efforts to work with the HHS to help solve the opioid crisis. 

John currently serves as the General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary at AIS HealthCare. AIS is a national, healthcare and specialty pharmacy company based in Dallas, Texas and the leading provider of specialty pharmacy solutions for intrathecal pain care, home-health infusion and nursing services in all 50 states. John reports to the President and CEO with a dotted line to the Board. He provides leadership, oversight and direction in the areas of compliance, legal affairs, regulatory affairs, audit, information security, privacy and risk management. 

John lives in Southlake, TX with his wife, Jenn, three daughters and two golden retrievers. John is active in the community and serves as a Board member for a non-profit cancer foundation, as an Advisory Board Member for his undergraduate college and as an executive mentor for the Columbia University Graduate Center for Technology Management. John has participated in the annual Ed Brandt Memorial lecture in Women’s Health; and, occasionally be found on the OU campus speaking to students about careers in public health and law.

Here is an excerpt from one of his nomination letters: 

John has built a career using his legal skills to help advance worthy public health initiatives and has changed the lives of millions on doing so. Accordingly, he has made healthcare delivery better for all.” 

Congratulations, John, on this prestigious award. We are proud to call you an alumnus.