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Joanne Waldstreicher, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer, Johnson & Johnson

Joanne Waldstreicher, M.D., is Chief Medical Officer, Johnson & Johnson. In this role, she has oversight across the groups responsible for medical safety, epidemiology and bioethics. She chairs the R&D Development Pipeline Review Committee for The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, and supports the MedTech Development Committee. Joanne is also a faculty affiliate of the Division of Medical Ethics, Department of Population Health, New York University School of Medicine, and an advisory board member of the Brooklyn College Cancer Center.

A physician and researcher, Joanne is driven by a passion to make the world a better place through science and medicine, and to do so with the highest standards of scientific and bioethical decision-making. She led development of several important medicines and also initiated innovative programs that advance the science that is the foundation of medicine, including a program to share Johnson & Johnson clinical trial data with researchers around the world. She also championed a novel approach to make objective, thoughtful and fair decisions, incorporating input from patients, related to compassionate access of investigational medicines for patients with serious or life-threatening diseases.

Among her prior roles, Joanne was responsible for late-stage development in neuroscience, cardiovascular disease and metabolism at Janssen. Before joining Johnson & Johnson in 2002, she headed endocrinology and metabolism clinical research at Merck Research Laboratories, overseeing development programs in atherosclerosis, obesity, diabetes, urology and dermatology. She was honored with the Key Innovator Award, among other distinctions.

Joanne received both the Jonas Salk and Belle Zeller scholarships from the City University of New York, and graduated summa cum laude from Brooklyn College. She graduated cum laude from Harvard Medical School, completed her internship and residency at Beth Israel Hospital and her endocrinology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has received numerous awards and scholarships, and is an active scientific author. In 2016, the National Association of Female Executives named her Healthcare Champion of the Year. Joanne combines broad experience in science and medicine with a passion for advancing transparency and ethics, with a goal of improving the lives of patients and consumers worldwide.

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