Professor, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Dr. McPherson has maintained a practice in hospice and palliative care (local and national) and ambulatory care her entire career. Dr. McPherson teaches extensively in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum on pain management and end of life care, including didactic and experiential content. She also developed one of the first and few palliative care pharmacy residencies in the U.S.
Dr. McPherson serves on the Board of the Hospice Network of Maryland, and was founding president of the American Society of Pain Educators. McPherson is a Fellow in the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, the American Pharmacists Association, the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and the American Society of Pain Educators. She is Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy, a Certified Diabetes Educator and a Certified Pain Educator. She has received many honors for her work, including 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. Dr. McPherson has received many awards for teaching including the Presidential Citation from the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, Professor of the Year many times from the School of Pharmacy, University of Maryland Baltimore Founder's Week Teacher of the Year and the Robert Chalmers Distinguished Educator Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. She has written four books, including "Demystifying Opioid Conversion Calculations: A Guide for Effective Dosing," and many book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on pain management, palliative care, and other topics.