2020 Distinguished Service Award Winner
Melanie A. Dodd is Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and an Associate Professor in geriatrics at the University of New Mexico (UNM) College of Pharmacy in Albuquerque. She is a pharmacist clinician with prescriptive authority at the UNM Senior Health Clinic and has been providing chronic disease and medication management for older adults for 15 years. She is also a consultant for a community-based hospice service. Dr. Dodd is responsible for extensive didactic and clinical teaching activities in the UNM Doctor of Pharmacy and pharmacy residency programs and the UNM Health Sciences Center, including interprofessional education and physical assessment. She has played an active role in the development of new pharmacist clinical practice models, credentialing processes, and the pursuit of pharmacist reimbursement in New Mexico. In 2020, she was a core part of the team advocating for passage of NM House Bill 42, “Pharmaceutical Service Reimbursement Parity”, which allows for reimbursement for advanced practice pharmacist services.
Dr. Dodd received her B.S. in Pharmacy from Purdue University, Pharm.D. from UNM, and completed a pharmacy practice residency at Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, NM.
Dr. Dodd is a Fellow of ASHP. Her ASHP service has included Chair and Vice Chair of the Council on Public Policy, Chair of the Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners, Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative delegate, and NM delegate to the House of Delegates for more than 10 years. She is currently serving on the ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Forecast advisory committee and has been a survey panelist. She is past-President of the New Mexico Society of Health-System Pharmacists and faculty advisor for the UNM Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists. She has been an active member of the local, state, and national pharmacy and geriatrics and ambulatory professional community for more than 20 years, including providing multiple state and national presentations on geriatric patient care and advancement of the role of pharmacists in patient care.