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Amy Abernethy        

Principal Deputy Commissioner, US Food & Drug Administration

Amy P. Abernethy, MD PhD is the President of the clinical research business at Verily, an Alphabet Company (starting July 2021). Most recently, Dr. Abernethy was Principal Deputy Commissioner and Acting Chief Information Officer of the US Food & Drug Administration, serving from February 2019 to April 2021. Dr. Abernethy initiated multiple critical efforts during her tenure including FDA’s technology and data modernization action plans and FDA’s efforts to leverage real-world data & evidence to address critical questions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Abernethy was Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Officer at Flatiron Health from July 2014 to January 2019. Before joining Flatiron, Dr. Abernethy was Professor of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine, and directed the Center for Learning Health Care in the Duke Clinical Research Institute and Duke Cancer Care Research Program in the Duke Cancer Institute.

An internationally-known oncologist, health data expert and digital health leader, Dr. Abernethy has >500 publications spanning real-world data & evidence, clinical trials, patient reported outcomes, clinical informatics, health policy and patient-centered care. For more than 20 years, she has pioneered the development of technology platforms to spur novel advancements in clinical care, including the development of systems by which linked clinical data can support tracking cancer care, drug development, personalized medicine and scientific discovery. She has served as an appointee to multiple National Academy of Medicine committees, as Chair of the Health Data Research UK International Advisory Board, on the Board of the Personalized Medicine Coalition, and President of the American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Abernethy went to the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate, and then medical school at Duke, where she also did her Internal Medicine residency, a year as Chief Resident, and her hematology/oncology fellowship. She has her PhD from Flinders University in Australia, focused on evidence-based medicine.

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