Expert in pain management, the U.S. Opioid Epidemic, and community-based patient care.
Gifted clinician, educator, and scholar.



Amidst the current U.S. Opioid Epidemic, education regarding pain management, risk reduction, and harm reduction are more pertinent and urgent than ever before. With over a decade of experience in health professional education, Dr. Durham is an engaging and dynamic speaker who has addressed every audience on these topics - from small groups of high school students, to keynote addresses and national platform presentations.

Rates are available on request.



Dr. Durham’s experience in pain management and community-based patient care is an asset to patients, healthcare providers, health systems, and industry alike. She offers a wide array of consultant activities including:

  • Review of individual patient medication profiles and provision of patient-specific pharmacotherapeutic recommendations

  • Expertise on practice management, national guideline compliance, and risk reduction for health care providers and health systems

  • Expertise on prescribing, dispensing, and the usage of healthcare technology for pharmaceutical and technological industries

  • Development of online and live educational programs for all healthcare settings

  • Expert opinion and case reviews

Rates are available on request.

Melissa J. Durham, Pharm.D., APh, MACM, BCACP, DAIPM

Melissa J. Durham is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree, completed a residency in Community Pharmacy Practice, and has earned her Master of Academic Medicine degree, all from USC. Dr. Durham is a clinical pharmacist at the USC Pain Center, where she established a pharmacist-run pain medication management service for patients suffering from chronic pain. She is a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist and a Diplomat of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management. In addition, she is a practicing community pharmacist, which provides her with a unique experience as both a dispenser and prescriber – a perspective that is valuable to patients, providers, health systems, and industry alike. Dr. Durham is a sought-after speaker on the topics of pain management, risk reduction and harm reduction, and the U.S. Opioid Epidemic. She is originally from Central California and resides in Los Angeles.

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Stuck in the Middle: Pharmacists and the Opioid Crisis

APRIL 2018

Keynote address, California Pharmacists Association, Western Pharmacy Exchange

Please note: begins at 14:00

He who has health has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.
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