Claire Pomeroy, MD, MBA, is president of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation. She serves as chief executive officer of the Foundation and is responsible for advancing the Foundation’s mission to “improve health by accelerating support for medical research through recognition of research excellence, advocacy and education.” She passionately supports ongoing investment in the full range of research.
An expert in infectious diseases, Dr. Pomeroy is a long-time advocate for patients, especially the underserved and those with HIV/AIDS, and for strengthening public health infrastructure, nationally and around the globe. She has a special interest in health care policy, with a focus on the importance of the social determinants of health. She has published more than 100 articles and book chapters and edited three books.
Dr. Pomeroy serves on the Board of Trustees for the Morehouse School of Medicine and the Board of Directors for the Science Philanthropy Alliance; iBiology/Science Communication Lab; and the Center for Women in Academic Medicine and Science (CWAMS). She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Sierra Health Foundation, Haemonetics Corporation, and Embecta Corporation, positions for which she receives compensation.
Dr. Pomeroy was inducted into the National Academy of Medicine in 2011. Among her many honors, she has received honorary degrees from University of Massachusetts Medical School (2016) and the University of South Florida Morsani School of Medicine (2022).
Dr. Pomeroy received bachelors and medical degrees from the University of Michigan and completed her residency and fellowship training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the University of Minnesota. She earned an MBA from the University of Kentucky and is a proud member of the Gatton Business School’s Hall of Fame. She has held faculty positions at the University of Minnesota, University of Kentucky and University of California (UC) Davis. Dr. Pomeroy was chief of infectious diseases and associate dean for research and informatics at the University of Kentucky. She joined UC Davis in 2003 as executive associate dean and served as vice chancellor and dean of the School of Medicine from 2005 through 2013. She became president of the Lasker Foundation in June 2013.
Dr. Pomeroy is featured in this video created on the occasion of her receiving an honorary degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.