Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, MA, BCPS, CPE, is Professor and Executive Director, Advanced Post-Graduate Education in Palliative Care in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore.

Medical Cannabis Research Survey

Cannabis (marijuana) is legal in many states for medical use and interest in its use in hospice is growing. Hospice clinicians and patients are interested in understanding its indications for symptom management and how to use it. There are also questions as well as concerns regarding its use.

Enclara Pharmacia, in collaboration with the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, is conducting a survey of hospice clinicians and administrators on medical cannabis and its use in hospice.

The survey takes only a few minutes to complete, and all results are reported in aggregate (no identifying information allows tracking a specific respondent). Results from the survey will be published in an upcoming special issue on medical cannabis in the Journal of Palliative Medicine.

Participants are eligible to take a free online course on medical cannabis for hospice and palliative care if interested, developed by Drs. Lynn McPherson and Kelly Mendoza, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts about medical cannabis in hospice and respond by September 15. We appreciate your time and feedback.


If you have any questions please contact the principal investigator here.


Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, MA, BCPS, CPEAbout Dr. McPherson:

Dr. McPherson has maintained a practice in both hospice and palliative care, as well as ambulatory care throughout career. Dr. McPherson has a Master’s degree in Instructional Systems Development, and she is completing a second Master’s degree in Distance Education. She teaches extensively in the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program on the topics of pain management and end-of-life care, including didactic and experiential content. She also developed one of the first palliative care pharmacy residency programs in the United States. She is currently working on developing a distance education Master of Science degree in Palliative Care.

Dr. McPherson serves on the Board of the Hospice Network of Maryland and is also president of the American Society of Pain Educators. She has received many honors for her work, including the American Pharmacists Association Distinguished Achievement Award in Specialized Practice, the University of Maryland Teacher of the Year Award, the Maryland Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists W. Purdum Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

She has written four books, including the best-selling Demystifying Opioid Conversion Calculations, A Guide to Effective Dosing.

Contact Information:

Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, MA, BCPS, CPE
Professor and Executive Director, Post-Graduate Advanced Education in Palliative Care
Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science
20 N. Pine Street,S405
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Phone: (410) 706-3682