Donna R. Cryer is chief executive officer of CryerHealth, a healthcare consultancy based in Washington, DC, providing advocacy and alliance development expertise to top pharmaceutical, biotech, and diagnostic companies, as well as the largest patient and physician associations in the United States and abroad. She is dedicated to ensuring that the voices and views of patients and physicians are heard in healthcare decision making.
A liver transplant recipient, Mrs. Cryer is a frequent blogger on patient engagement and advocacy issues under the name, DCPatient. She has been named to a five year term as a Patient Representative to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and elected as the 1st patient to be chair of the board of the American Liver Foundation.
An alumna of Harvard and Georgetown Law, Mrs. Cryer has been featured on CNN, Fox News, CBS Evening News, and NBC News. Her recent speaking engagements have included National Institutes of Health, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy of Nursing, World Health Innovation and Technology Conference, and Princeton Medical Center.
She serves on Adventist HealthCare System’s Next Century Leadership Council with such notables as former HHS Secretary Dr. Louis Sullivan and former senator Dr. Bill Frist, the advisory committees for the Women’s Health Institute at Howard University and the Institute for Patient-Centric Design, the board of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, and is a member of the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation, the American Society of Association Executives, and the Virginia State Bar.
Mrs. Cryer lives in Washington, DC with her husband Dr. Dennis R. Cryer, MD, FAHA.