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Eleanor Perfetto

Ph.D., M.S.

  • Stevensville, Md.

Eleanor Perfetto, Ph.D., M.S., the final new director, is executive vice president of the National Health Council (NHC), a united voice for the more than 160 million people in the U.S. with chronic diseases and disabilities and their family caregivers. Dr. Perfetto holds a part-time faculty appointment at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Her research and policy work focus on patient engagement in health care. She was previously employed in government affairs by Pfizer Inc. She formerly served as a member of the CMS MedPAC, an expert panelist for National Quality Forum, a member of the Health Industry Council Board of Advisors; and as past president and board member for the Drug Information Association Board. Dr. Perfetto holds B.S. and M.S. 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. She served in the U.S. Public Health Service at the Agency for Health Care Policy & Research and began her government career in the Indian Health Service. Dr. Perfetto has served as a contributed book chapters, authored journal articles, and served as a peer reviewer. She has also presented at many national and international conferences and scientific meetings. As a caregiver for a spouse who suffered from dementia due to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, she is a recognized advocate for people with head-trauma-related dementia and their families by the Alzheimer’s Association New York City Chapter and the Concussion Legacy Foundation.