Freda Lewis-Hall, M.D.

Director Since: April 2020

Over her 35-year career, Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall has served on the frontlines of health care as a clinician, a researcher, and a leader in the biopharmaceuticals and life sciences industries. The common thread throughout has been her passion to advocate for health equity and improved outcomes for patients.

Dr. Lewis-Hall served as Executive Vice President and Chief Patient Officer for Pfizer, Inc. in 2019, and Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer from 2009 to 2018.  Before joining Pfizer, Dr. Lewis-Hall held senior leadership positions with Vertex, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pharmacia and Eli Lilly and Company.

Prior to joining industry, she served as Vice Chairperson and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Howard University College of Medicine and was an advisor to the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Lewis-Hall graduated from Johns Hopkins University and earned her medical doctorate at Howard University College of Medicine.

She currently serves on a number of boards including SpringWorks Therapeutics, 1Life Healthcare, Dell Medical School, Harvard Medical School, FasterCures, the Foundation for the NIH, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.