Melissa Durham, PharmD, MACM

Associate Dean of Organizational Success and Well-Being

Melissa J. Durham is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and the Associate Dean of Organizational Success and Well-Being at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree, completed a residency in Community-based Pharmacy Practice, and has a Master of Academic Medicine degree, all from USC.

Dr. Durham is a clinical pharmacist at the USC Pain Center, where she established and runs a pharmacist-led pain medication management service for patients with a variety of complicated chronic nononcologic pain conditions. She is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with chronic pain through patient-centered and compassionate care. The value of her unique practice model has been recognized and published both nationally and internationally. Dr. Durham is also a practicing community pharmacist and provides a valuable and unique perspective of a clinician who is both a prescriber and a dispenser.

Dr. Durham teaches in a variety of subject areas, including pain management, cultural competence/humility, health equity/justice, leadership, well-being, and professional development, and has given numerous presentations and presented papers about pain management, the U.S. opioid crisis, leadership, and health professional education. She precepts Doctor of Pharmacy students, community-based and ambulatory care pharmacy practice residents at the USC Pain Center and has been voted as Professor of the Year by Doctor of Pharmacy students multiple times.

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