Faculty Profile

James P. McCormack

BSc, BSc (Pharm), PharmD

Other Affiliations

Co-host Best Science (BS) Medicine Podcast

Contact Information

Primary Phone Number (604) 822-1710
Other Phone Number (604) 603-7898
Email Address james.mccormack@ubc.ca
Office 6626, Pharmaceutical Sciences Building

Selected Publications

Caulfield T, Clark MI, McCormack JP, Rachul C, Field CJ. Representations of the health value of vitamin D supplementation in newspapers: media content analysis. BMJ Open. 2014 Dec 31;4(12):e006395. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006395. PMID: 25552612; PMCID: PMC4281532.

Korownyk C, Kolber M R, McCormack J, Lam V, Overbo K, Cotton C et al. Televised medical talk shows—what they recommend and the evidence to support their recommendations: a prospective observational study  BMJ  2014;  349 :g7346 doi:10.1136/bmj.g7346

McCormack, J., Vandermeer, B. & Allan, G.M. How confidence intervals become confusion intervals. BMC Med Res Methodol 13, 134 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2288-13-134

Allan GM, Nouri F, Korownyk C, Kolber MR, Vandermeer B, McCormack J. Agreement among cardiovascular disease risk calculators. Circulation. 2013 May 14;127(19):1948-56. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.112.000412. Epub 2013 Apr 10. PMID: 23575355.

McCormack J, Allan G M. A prescription for improving antibiotic prescribing in primary care BMJ 2012; 344 :d7955 doi:10.1136/bmj.d7955


"AFPC National Award for Excellence in Education." McCormack J. AFPC. 2013.

"UBC Pharm D Program's Instructor Award." McCormack J. UBC. 2012.

"The Eric Elder Medal." McCormack J. Royal New Zealand General Practitioners. 2011.


"Knowledge Translation Program - Simplified Lipid Pathway." Allan GM, McCormack J. $55,000. Alberta Medical Association. 2014–15.


"Diet, Food, and Health: You Aren't "What You Eat" But You Are "How Much You Eat". Hard Fracts on Brittle Bones: Diagnosing, Treating (and Untreating) Osteoporosis." McCormack J. Practical Evidence for Informed Practice Course. Edmonton, AB. October 24–25, 2014.

"Nutrition and the Evidence Conundrum." McCormack J. Faculty of Law Seminar, University of Alberta. Edmonton, AB. October 23, 2014.

"Supplemental evidence on supplements." McCormack J. BCCFP 2014 Fall Family Medicine Conference. Vancouver, BC. October 18, 2014.

"Tom Hanks and Type 2 Diabetes – an evidence-based discussion I would like to have with Mr. Hanks." McCormack J. UBC Alumni Weekend. Vancouver, BC. May 24, 2014.


Dr. James McCormack received his undergraduate pharmacy degree at the University of British Columbia in 1982 and completed a hospital pharmacy residency program at Lion's Gate Hospital in North Vancouver in 1984. He received his doctorate in pharmacy (PharmD) in 1986 from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. He has had extensive experience, both locally and internationally, talking to health professionals and consumers about the rational use of medication.

Dr. McCormack has presented over 400 seminars on drug therapy over the last 25 years, focusing on shared-informed decision-making using evidence based information and rational therapeutic principles. In addition, he has published over 100 articles, mainly in the area of rational drug therapy, and served as an editor for two internationally recognized textbooks on rational drug therapy. He is also the co-host of a very popular weekly podcast called the Best Science (BS) Medicine podcast, which can be found at therapeuticseducation.org and the iTunes store.

Dr. McCormack's research interests include knowledge translation and critical appraisal.