As the former Chief Medical Officer, Freda Lewis-Hall, MD, led Pfizer Medical, the division of Pfizer responsible for the safe, effective, and appropriate use of the company's medicines and vaccines. Before coming to Pfizer in 2009, Dr. Lewis-Hall held senior leadership positions with Vertex, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pharmacia, and Lilly. Prior to joining the biopharmaceutical industry, she served as vice chairperson and associate professor of the Department of Psychiatry at Howard University College of Medicine and was an advisor to the National Institute of Mental Health.

Trained as a psychiatrist, Dr. Lewis-Hall began her medical career in frontline patient care and became well known for her work on the effects of mental illness on families and communities and on issues of health care disparities. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. 

In 2010, Dr. Lewis-Hall was appointed by the Obama Administration to the inaugural Board of Governors for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI); her PCORI appointment was renewed in 2014. She chairs the Cures Acceleration Network Review Board of the National Institutes of Health and serves as a member of the NIH's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Advisory Counsel. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative and on the boards of Harvard Medical School, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, and Save the Children. 

Dr. Lewis-Hall was named one of Black Enterprise's "Top 50 Women in Corporate America" in 2015 and was the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association's 2011 "Woman of the Year." She earned her undergraduate degree at The Johns Hopkins University and her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine. A passionate advocate for empowering patients through access to research-based medical information, she speaks frequently in venues from TEDMED to the Essence Musical Festival; appears regularly as a medical expert on television shows including The Doctors and Dr. Phil; and shares health and medical information at

Dr. Lewis-Hall served on the Board of Governors from September 2010 to September 2020, and she was a member of the Research Transformation Committee.

Updated: September 2020

Conflicts of Interest

As of April 21, 2020

Financial Associations

  • Pfizer, Inc., Savings Plans and Retirement Plan
  • Eli Lilly and Company, Pension Plan, Self and Spouse
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb, Stock, Self and Spouse
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb, Retirement Plan
  • Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Stock and Retirement Plan
  • 1 Life Healthcare Inc., Board of Directors/Trustees (Compensated Position)
  • Tenet, Former Board member
  • Pfizer, Inc., Employer
  • Milliken, Board of Directors/Trustees (Compensated Position)
  • Spring Works Therapeutics, Inc., Board of Directors/Trustees (Compensated Position)

Personal Associations

  • None reported


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