Michelle McMurry-Heath,

Director DIA
Vice President, Worldwide Regulatory Affairs
Johnson & Johnson

Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath is a physician and scientist with more than two decades of experience bridging the gap between science and policy and between medical solutions and patients. She has committed her life's work to providing patients with better health information and greater clinical options. Her bench training in molecular immunology enhanced her resolve to facilitate the diffusion of innovative science into the practice of medicine.

Dr. McMurry-Heath oversaw health for Senator Joseph Lieberman and was the senior health policy advisor for the Lieberman for President Campaign. She was Founding Director of the Aspen Institute's Health, Biomedical Science, and Society Initiative, which brought pharmaceutical leaders together with patient advocacy and health care leaders to focus on issues ranging from regulation to chronic diseases in the context of health insurance reform. Her health diplomacy work included projects in eleven countries, including Cambodia and Rwanda.

Dr. McMurry-Heath served as the Associate Center Director for Science at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health from 2010-2014. She led the FDA team tasked with defining a new role for patients in the regulation of medical devices and diagnostics, and drew on this experience as the primary architect of the Medical Device Innovation Consortium, a novel public-private partnership between the FDA and nearly 50 members of the medical technology industry and patient advocacy communities. She joined Johnson & Johnson as Worldwide Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for medical devices. Dr. McMurry-Heath studied biochemistry at Harvard University, and was the first African-American to receive both MD and PhD degrees from Duke University.

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