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Cathryn M. Clary, MD, MBA

Senior Vice President, Medical

Cathryn M. Clary, MD, MBA is a Global Medical Lead at SSIStrategy. Her areas of expertise include all aspects of US and Global Medical Affairs, organizational leadership, medical communications, patient engagement in development and clinical development.

Prior to joining SSIStrategy, Cathryn had years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, starting at Pfizer as a Medical Director in Neuroscience, and advancing to SVP of the US Medical group supporting a large portfolio of medicines across multiple therapeutic areas. After leaving Pfizer, Cathryn took a role as Head, US Clinical Development and Medical Affairs at Ipsen, leading a group that managed a specialty portfolio focused on rare diseases in the Endocrine and Neurology therapeutic areas for three years, before joining Novartis as Chief Scientific Officer and Head, US Medical and Clinical Development. Her last role at Novartis reflected her lifelong interest in advocating for patients. She was Global Head of Patient Affairs and Policy in the Chief Medical & Patient Safety Office at Novartis, and responsible for ensuring the implementation of Patient Focused Drug Development across Novartis and developing and implementing patient centered policies.

Cathryn received her MD degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and completed psychiatric residency training at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.  She practiced psychiatry in Delaware, staying actively engaged in clinical research as a Principal Investigator through her membership in the University of Pennsylvania Psychopharmacology Research group. She received an MBA degree from the University of Delaware.

Throughout her career, Cathryn has been interested and engaged in public affairs, medical communications, and public speaking on behalf of patients, as well as serving on multiple not for profit boards. This has led to engagements such as Congressional testimony on publications of pharmaceutical sponsored research in 2004 and presentations before the Institute of Medicine. Cathryn has also published widely, mainly in psychiatric journals. Currently Cathryn serves on the Foundation Board of the Mercer County Community College and is involved as a grant advisor for Sustainable Princeton.