Professor & Executive Director, Post-Graduate Advanced Education in Palliative Care, School of Pharmacy, University of Maryland

Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, is a Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland. She serves as a consultant pharmacist for both 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 has served on the Board of the Hospice Network of Maryland, chairing the Education and Outreach Committee. She also served on the Board of the Maryland Pain Initiative and the Advisory Board of the American Society of Pain Educators.

Dr. McPherson teaches extensively in the PharmD curriculum on pain management and end of life care. 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.

Dr. McPherson is a Fellow in the American Pharmacists Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists and American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. She has received many honors for her work, including the American Pharmacists Association Distinguished Achievement Award in Specialized Practice and the Maryland Pharmacists Association Innovative Practice Award. She has written three books, and many chapters and peer-reviewed articles on pain management, palliative care, and other topics.