Edward Finnerty
Position Professor - Physiology and Pharmacology
Professor - Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
EducationPh.D., physiology, Indiana State University, 1982
M.A., physiology, Indiana State University, 1974
B.S., life sciences, Indiana State University, 1973

2011 research

My research includes neurophysiology of pain, clinical studies of stroke and other neurological disorders and medical education.


Edward P. Finnerty, PhD, Sheila W. Chauvin, MEd, PhD, Giulia Bonaminio, PhD, Mark Andrews, PhD, Rob Carroll, PhD, and Louis Pangaro. Flexner Revisited: The Role and Value of the Basic Sciences in Medical Education. Acad Med. 85:349, 2010

Karen C. Albright, Todd C. Schott, Debbie F. Boland, Leslie George, Kevin P. Boland, Mary Pat Wohlford-Wessels, Edward P. Finnerty and Michael R.K. Jacoby. Care in a Neurologically Underserved State: Lessons Learned from the Iowa Stroke Survey. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, 18:203-207, 2009

Jeffrey A. Rodgers, Gary Holt, Edward P. Finnerty and Blake Miller. Scaphoid Excision and Limited Wrist Fusion: A Comparison of K-Wire and Circular Plate Fixation. Hand, 3(3):276-281, 2008

M.A. Kilmore, E.P. Finnerty, W.H. Terry and L. Shen A Departmental Outcome Assessment to Evaluate Educational Achievement. Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association 96(5):448-454, 2006

Crisp, T., Minus, T.O., Coleman, M.L., Giles, J.R., Cibula, C. and Finnerty, E.P.: Aging and peripheral nerve injury: Effects of the antioxidant 16-desmethyltirilazad. Behavioral Brain Research, 166: 159-165, 2006

K.C. Albright,K.C., Schott, T.C., Jafari, N., Wohlford-Wessels, M.P., Finnerty, E.P. and Jacoby, M.R.K. Evaluation and Management of Ischemic Stroke: A Community Hospital Perspective of t-PA Use. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease. 14(3):127-135, 2005

Awards and honors

2009 - Fellow, National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators

2009 - Past President, International Association of Medical Science Educators (President 2006-2008)

2007 - Past President Iowa Academy of Science (President 2006-07)

2007 - Outstanding Research Award, Des Moines University

2004 - Friend of Education Award, Des Moines Education Association

1997 - Special Award of Appreciation, COMS Classes of 1999/2000

1993 - Faculty Award of Distinction, COMS Class of 1995.

1993 - Listed in Who's Who in the Midwest, Who's Who in Education; Who's Who in Science and Engineering

1992 - Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year Award by the Physical Therapy Class of 1992.