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Primer: The Fundamentals of Medical Communications


  • Payal  Desai, PharmD

    Payal Desai, PharmD

    • Associate Director, Medical Information and Knowledge Integration
    • Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC., United States

    Payal Desai earned a PharmD degree from the University of Sciences in Philadelphia. Dr. Desai worked in community practice before transitioning to a career in pharmaceutical industry. Over 20 years, Dr. Desai served at several pharmaceutical companies. In her current role at Janssen, she is the Associate Director of Medical Information, where she is responsible for the successful launch of cardiovascular products. She provides strategic medical support, develops internal education plan, and participates in several cross-functional teams. She has mentored several Post-doc Fellows and pharmacy students throughout her career.

  • Jennifer  Park, PharmD

    Jennifer Park, PharmD

    • Global Medical Information Content Manager
    • Sanofi, United States

    Jennifer Park is a Global Content Manager at Sanofi working in the Global Medical Information organization with a focus in Consumer Healthcare. She received her Pharm.D. from Rutgers University. Prior to joining Sanofi, Jennifer completed a two-year fellowship in Medical Information with the Rutgers Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship program. She serves as a preceptor for Rutgers fellows and pharmacy students in her department.

  • Ankur  Shah, PharmD

    Ankur Shah, PharmD

    • Director, US Medical Information
    • Incyte Corporation, United States

    In his role, he is primarily responsible for the management and oversight of all MI activities, including call center operations, and written content development. In addition, Ankur serves as the primary medical reviewer of promotional and scientific materials, and identifies/implements innovative MI communication channels. Prior to joining Incyte, he was the Director, Medical Information at Sunovion Pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining Sunovion, Ankur spent over 8 years working with the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in positions of increasing responsibility within MI and Compliance. Ankur earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of CT.

  • Ellen  Whipple, PharmD

    Ellen Whipple, PharmD

    • Co-Owner
    • Scientific Content Solutions, LLC, United States

    Ellen is the co-owner of Scientific Content Solutions, LLC and the sole proprietor of EW Associates, LLC. She was previously a director of medical communications with an agency.Ellen has experience with medical information-related documents (e.g., standard letters, FAQs, dossiers, escalated inquiries), continuing education articles, primary author publications, promotional review, payer materials, and advisory board meeting reports. As a member of AMCP Format Executive Committee, Ellen contributed to AMCP Format 4.1. She serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. Since 2000, Ellen has been a Medical Advisor for the MS Foundation.

  • Kristin Fox Goettner, PharmD

    Kristin Fox Goettner, PharmD

    • Senior Director, Medical Information and Knowledge Integration
    • Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC, United States

    After receiving her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Kristin completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Medical Information with Rutgers University and Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical. Upon completion of her fellowship, Kristin joined the Johnson & Johnson family of companies as a member of the Medical Information Department at Centocor, Inc. For more than fifteen years, Kristin has held numerous positions within Medical Information and is currently Sr. Director, Medical Information & Knowledge Integration at Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC.

  • Shelby Lynn Biagi, PharmD

    Shelby Lynn Biagi, PharmD

    • UCB Biosciences, Inc., United States

    Dr. Biagi serves as Site Engagement Lead for UCB, Inc. She brings over 15 years of experience within the pharmaceutical industry. She has held many memberships and designations over the years including positions with the American Medical Writers Association and the Georgia Pharmacy Association. Dr. Biagi received her PharmD and Drug Information Residency from Mercer University.

  • Emily  Costerison, PharmD

    Emily Costerison, PharmD

    • Compliance Manager
    • Genentech Inc., United States

    Emily Costerison is Compliance Manager within US Medical Affairs at Genentech. She has worked at Genentech since 2007 with a focus on communicating clinical information to healthcare professionals and managed care organizations and now supports compliance for her medical organization. Emily received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Washington. She also completed a Pharmacy General Practice Residency and Drug Information Residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics.