Dr. Eleanor M. Perfetto joined Pfizer Inc in January 2006 and 2009 became Senior Director, Reimbursement & Regulatory Affairs, Federal Government Relations. Dr. Perfetto monitors and analyzes prescription drug and healthcare policy issues, particularly with regard to CMS, Medicare, and comparative effectiveness research. Dr. Perfetto holds BS and MS degrees in pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island, and a PhD from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, with concentrations in health policy and epidemiology. She currently serves as a board member of the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA), and is co-chair of the PQA Research Coordinating Council. She also serves on the Center for Medical Technology Policy Board of Advisors. In 2008, she was appointed to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MedCAC). She serves on the National Quality Forum Steering Committee for a Framework for Measurement, Evaluation, and Reporting of Healthcare Acquired Conditions. Dr. Perfetto served for six years on the Drug Information Association (DIA) Board of Directors and is a DIA past President (2003-2004). In 2009, Dr. Perfetto received a Distinguished Alumni award from the University of Rhode Island.
Prior to joining Pfizer, Dr. Perfetto provided research consulting services for over eight years to government agencies, the pharmaceutical industry, and pharmacy professional organizations. Prior to consulting, Dr. Perfetto established a new division responsible for global health outcome and economic research at Wyeth-Ayerst. She also served in the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) as senior pharmacoepidemiologist within the Agency for Health Care Policy & Research. She began her government career as a pharmacist, serving for 6 years in the PHS Indian Health Service in Pine Ridge, South Dakota and in Talahina, Oklahoma.
Dr. Perfetto has spoken on comparative effectiveness research, health economics, health outcomes research, and related policy and regulatory topics at numerous national and international meetings and conferences. She has contributed chapters to a number of books, published in many professional journals, and presented at scientific meetings. She also serves as a peer-reviewer for a number of professional journals and has served as a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Quality Forum, and pharmacy professional organizations. Dr. Perfetto is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland and University of Rhode Island schools of pharmacy.
As a caregiver for a family member with dementia, Dr. Perfetto is active on behalf of patients with head trauma-related dementias and their caregivers. In May of 2007, she was awarded the Advocacy Leadership Award by the New York City Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and in 2010 she received the Award for Advocacy and Awareness from the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter. She also serves on the board of directors for the Sports Legacy Institute, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to research and education on sports-related brain injury.