Advisory Board on Prescription Drug Monitoring

The Advisory Board on Prescription Drug Monitoring was created by law to support the design, implementation and ongoing development of the PDMP.

PDMP Advisory Board Meeting Dates are as follows:

Thursday, October 15, 2020 (Call)

PDMP Advisory Board Meeting
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Webinar Registration link:

Monday, December 14, 2020 (Call)

PDMP Advisory Board Meeting
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Webinar Registration link:

For information regarding any past or upcoming meetings you may contact the PDMP office at 410-402-8686 or email​​
Past Meetings of the Advisory Board

Reports of the Advisory Board

Board Members

Richard A. Debenedetto, PharmD, MS AAHIVP, Chair
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice & Administration
University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy & Health Professions

Daniel M. Ashby, M.S., FASHP
Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer
The Johns Hopkins Health System

Deondra P. Asike, MD
Physician, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Amit Bhargava, MD, MS, RMSK, Medical Director
Advanced International Pain & Sports Medicine

Thomas C.C. Bond, III
President & CEO
Summit Community Health, Inc.​

Matthew Crisafulli, Sheriff
Worcester County Sheriff's Office

Lenna Israbian-Jamgochian, PharmD, RPh
District Pharmacy Manager, Albertsons Safeway Inc-Eastern Division​

Arthur C. Jee, DMD
President's designee, Board of Dental Examiners
Oral Maxillofacial Surgery

Bryan Marascalchi, MD
Anesthesiologist/Pain Management Specialist
Johns Hopkins Hospital

Stephen A. Nichols, MD, FAAP, FAAPMR
Senior Attending Physician for Rehabilitation Services
Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital 

Chief Medical Officer/Vice President Medical Affairs Carrol Hospital
Vice President Carroll County Health Group

Orlee Panitch, MD
Physician, Medical Emergency Professionals

Marcia Parris, MD
Physician, Comprehensive Women's Health-Advantia

Derek Peck, Captain
Secretary's designee, Maryland State Police
Criminal Enforcement Division

Larry Polsky, MD, MPH
President's Designee, Maryland Association of County Health Officers
Health Officer, Calvert County

Joseph Scalese III, MSPC, RPh
Pharmacist, Weis Pharmacy

David Sharp, Ph.D.
Chairman's designee, Maryland Health Care Commission
Director, Center for Health Information Technology & Innovative Care Delivery

Alexander Shekhdar, JD, MHS
Senior Director, Medicaid Initiatives
Maryland Department of Health

D. Gail Shorter, DNP
Nurse Practitioner, University of Maryland Shore Medical Group

Jenell Steele, MSN, RN
President's Designee, Maryland Board of Nursing

Yvonne U. Umerzurike, DPM
Vice President, Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners

Patient Representative

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting Dates

TAC members continue to fulfill their review and guidance duties on an ongoing basis.

Friday, October 16, 2020  (Call)

PDMP Technical Advisory Committee
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Webinar Registration link:

Past Meetings of the Technical Advisory Committee

  • July 27, 2020 – minutes forthcoming ​

PDMP Advisory Board  and Technical Advisory Committee Membership
Member seats are outlined in state statute (Health-General Article Section 21-2a-05) and are appointed by the MDH Secretary through the Office of Appointments and Executive Nominations. Board members serve 3 year terms, and some seats come up for appointment every year, typically in the second half of the calendar year.  If you are interested in submitting an application for a seat on the Board, please contact Kim Bennardi in the MDH Secretary's Office of Appointments (​) and/or complete an outline application:​