Freda Lewis-Hall, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, Pfizer Inc.
New York, NY
Dr. Lewis-Hall is the chief medical officer and senior vice president for Pfizer Inc. where she is responsible for enterprise-wide medical, patient safety, regulatory affairs and quality assurance as well as outreach to doctors and other medical professionals. Pfizer is the world’s largest research-based biopharmaceutical company. Previously, Dr. Lewis-Hall was Executive Vice President, Medicines Development with Vertex Pharmaceuticals. From 2003 through May 2008, Dr. Lewis-Hall was a Senior Vice President, U.S. Pharmaceuticals, Medical Affairs for Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. Prior to Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dr. Lewis-Hall was Vice President, Research and Development, Product Development for Pharmacia Corporation and served in a number of positions for Eli Lilly and Company from 1994 through 2002 where she was involved in the development and launch of dozens of new drugs. Dr. Lewis-Hall was Vice Chairperson and an Associate Professor in Howard University College of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry from 1988 through 1994.
She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Psychiatry. Her publications include the book “Psychiatric Illness in Women – Emerging Trends and Research” and a number of journal articles on diagnosing and treating mental health. Dr. Lewis-Hall is also a well-known speaker and television commentator on the effects of illness on patients, families and communities as well as healthcare disparities, mental illness and women’s health issues.
Dr. Lewis-Hall holds a B.A. in natural sciences from Johns Hopkins University and an M.D. from Howard University Hospital and College of Medicine.