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Dr. Freda C. Lewis-Hall to be Honored with Leadership Award at AWIS Innovation and Inclusion Summit

WASHINGTON DC, December 18, 2018 – The Association for Women in Science (AWIS), the leading organization advocating for women in STEM, announces that Freda C. Lewis-Hall, MD, DFAPA, Pfizer’s Chief Patient Officer, is the recipient of its 2019 Leadership Award. AWIS will present the prestigious national award to Dr. Lewis-Hall at the 2019 Innovation and Inclusion Summit and Awards Dinner which will be held on April 24, 2019 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC.

“On behalf of the AWIS community, warmest thanks and congratulations to Dr. Lewis-Hall for decades of achievement and contributions. We are proud to honor her longstanding commitment to medical research, reducing healthcare disparities, and championing better patient care and safety,” said AWIS National Governing Board President Susan Windham-Bannister, PhD. “Throughout her career, Dr. Lewis-Hall has been a shining example for other women who aspire to executive leadership in STEM. We will be excited to watch her accomplishments in the coming year as Pfizer’s first-ever Chief Patient Officer.”

Dr. Freda C. Lewis-Hall

During her 35-year career, Dr. Lewis-Hall has been on the frontlines of health care from the standpoints of a clinician, a researcher, and a leader in the biopharmaceuticals and life sciences industries. The common threads throughout have been her passion to advocate for better outcomes for all patients and her commitment to mentoring the next generations of women leaders in science and medicine.

Trained as a psychiatrist, Dr. Lewis-Hall began her medical career in 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 has held positions of leadership at the Howard University Hospital and College of Medicine, Vertex, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly and Pfizer. Some of her many achievements include founding the Lilly Center for Women’s Health in the 1990s; serving on the board of the U.S. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute since its inception in 2010; creating Pfizer’s public health information program Get Healthy Stay Healthy in 2012; launching the industry’s first public compassionate use request portal, PfizerCARES, in 2015; and spearheading the creation of SpringWorks Therapeutics, a new company working to develop promising new treatments in underserved areas of urgent medical need, in 2017. For the past decade, Lewis-Hall has served as Pfizer’s Chief Medical Officer, responsible for the safe, effective and appropriate use of Pfizer’s medicines and vaccines, and in this role she reshaped Pfizer’s medical policies and practices to intensify the company’s focus on patient engagement and inclusion. In her new role as Chief Patient Officer of Pfizer, Lewis-Hall will work to extend the reach of Pfizer’s patient-facing health information and education and amplify the voice of the patient inside and outside Pfizer.

“It is my honor to be recognized by AWIS, not only for what I have been able to accomplish at Pfizer and throughout my career with the help of thousands of talented and committed colleagues and partners – including patients – but for what we hope to accomplish together as we forge ahead to drive health equity and improved health outcomes for more patients everywhere,” said Dr. Lewis-Hall. “It’s my firm belief that when it comes to the roles women in science and technology can play to shapeshift entire fields in human health, working with and for patients, we’ve only just started to unlock tremendous potential for lifesaving advances to come.”

At the Innovation and Inclusion Summit and Awards Dinner, AWIS recognizes individuals and companies that work towards positive systemic change in the STEM industry, including increasing workplace diversity, promoting women in leadership positions and advocating for more inclusive practices in STEM. Sponsors of the Innovation and Inclusion Summit include AMGEN, MedImmune, Genentech, Russell Reynolds Associates, Egon Zehnder, Elsevier, Biogen and RB. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available at




About AWIS:
The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is a global network with 80 grassroots chapters and affiliates connecting more than 100,000 professionals in STEM with members, allies and supporters worldwide. Founded in 1971, AWIS has been the leading advocate for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to achieve business growth, social change, and innovation. To learn more, visit and and follow @AWISNational and @stemtomarket on Twitter and Facebook.



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