Eleanor M. Perfetto, PhD, MS
Interim Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives | [email protected]
Eleanor M. Perfetto was named Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for the National Health Council (NHC) in July of 2015 and promoted to Executive Vice President in January 2019. Dr. Perfetto also holds a part-time faculty appointment at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy where she is Professor of Pharmaceutical Health Service Research. Her research and policy work primarily focuses on patient engagement in health care, including comparative effectiveness and patient centered-outcomes research (CER-PCOR); medical product development; patient-reported outcome selection and development; value assessment; and health care quality.
Prior to joining the University faculty, Dr. Perfetto was with Pfizer Inc. for over almost eight years, most recently as Senior Director, Federal Government Relations; past positions were in Evidence-Based Strategies and Payment Policy Analysis. She served in the U.S. Public Health Service as senior pharmacoepidemiologist at the Agency for Health Care Policy & Research (now Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality) and began her government career by serving for 6 years as a pharmacist in the Indian Health Service in South Dakota and Oklahoma.
Dr. Perfetto served as co-chair for the 2016 ISPOR Annual Meeting, and as a past board chair for the Pharmacy Quality Alliance. She is a current board member for the Center for Medical Technology Policy. In the past, she has served as a member of the CMS MedCAC; co-chair of the National Quality Forum Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Project and Patient-Reported Outcomes Expert Panel; a member of the Health Industry Council Board of Advisors; and past president and board member for the Drug Information Association Board.
Dr. Perfetto holds BS and MS degrees in pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island, and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health with concentrations in health policy and epidemiology.
Dr. Perfetto has served as an Assistant Editor for the Journal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy and serves as a peer reviewer for journals, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, government granting agencies, and pharmacy professional organizations. She has spoken at many national and international conferences on patient-focused drug development, CER-PCOR, value assessment, healthcare quality, and related policy and regulatory topics. She has contributed book chapters, published in professional journals, and presented at numerous scientific meetings. In 2009, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Rhode Island.
As a caregiver for a spouse who suffered from dementia due to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Dr. Perfetto is a recognized advocate for patients with head-trauma-related dementia and their families. In May 2007, she received the Alzheimer’s Association New York City Chapter Advocacy Leadership Award. In 2010, she received the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter Award for Advocacy & Awareness. In 2012, she received the Legacy Award from the Concussion Legacy Foundation, for which she is past board president and member.