ACCP President Nesbit to Speak on Opioids

Dr. Suzanne Nesbit, a pain management specialist who is exploring best practices for opioid prescribing, is the inaugural speaker in the Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy’s Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series. Suzanne Nesbit

Nesbit, president of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, next week will give a lecture entitled “Opioid Stewardship: A Call to Action.” She is on the Palliative Care Service and the Neuroscience Pain Resource Team at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she holds faculty appointments in the Department of Oncology and the Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness in the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

She is co-chair of the hospital’s Pain Management Committee, which is charged with reviewing pain protocols and recommending improvements in care and staff education. She also is co-chair of the Johns Hopkins Health System Opioid Stewardship Clinical Community. The group’s representatives from six hospitals and Johns Hopkins Community Physicians are developing broad policies for the health system, as well as prescription and pain management guidelines for clinicians. They also are tracking opioid prescription patterns in the hospitals and working with government agencies that create opioid policies, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Nesbit recently was appointed to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s work group on estimating opioid prescribing based on best practices and prescription refills.

She has been practicing in pain management for more than 30 years.

Nesbit’s lecture is 11 a.m. March 29 in Room 115 of Gregory Hall, 1314 S. Dixie Hwy. Admission is free. Please contact Jeff Snow at 561-803-2706 or Jeff_Snow@pba.edu for more details.