Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, BCPS, CPE, is Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore, Maryland. She serves as a consultant pharmacist for local and national hospice and palliative care programs, and has designed a critical thinking process for appropriate drug use in end-of-life patients. She serves on the Boards of the Hospice Network of Maryland and the Maryland Pain Initiative, and is the Chair of the Board of the American Society of Pain Educators.

Dr. McPherson teaches extensively in the PharmD curriculum on pain management and end-of-life care, including didactic and experiential content. Dr. McPherson also serves as a primary care pharmacist and Director of Pharmacotherapy Services at UniversityCare Waxter in Baltimore. She also developed one of the first and few palliative care pharmacy residencies in the United States. She is a Fellow in the American Pharmacists Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, and American Society of Consultant Pharmacists.

Among many other honors for her work, Dr. McPherson has received the American Pharmacists Association Distinguished Achievement Award in Specialized Practice, the Maryland Pharmacists Association Innovative Practice Award, and the Maryland Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists W. Purdum Lifetime Achievement Award. She has written three books as well as many book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on pain management, palliative care, and other topics.

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