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Transplant survivor elected chair

The American Liver Foundation announced this week the selection of Donna Cryer as Chair of the Foundation Board of Directors. Mrs. Cryer is a liver transplant survivor and one of two patients to head the organization.

Mrs. Cryer has a long history of distinguished service in the liver community beginning with her 1994 liver transplant made necessary from primary schlerosing cholangitis. In addition to being an American Liver Foundation board member, she served as a patient affairs specialist at United Network for Organ Sharing from 1996 to 2000 and served on the membership and professional standards committee from 2002 to 2005. Mrs. Cryer’s passionate patient advocacy includes her current service of five-year term as a patient representative to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She served on the agency’s Gastrointestinal Advisory Committee in 2010.

As she moves into the chair role, Mrs. Cryer said “I plan to use my experience as a person who has faced a serious liver condition to shape the work of the

American Liver Foundation to be even stronger patient advocates and to continue our strong history of supporting research and providing information on liver wellness.”

Mrs. Cryer is chief executive officer of CryerHealth, a healthcare consultancy based in Washington, D.C., 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. She frequently blogs on
patient advocacy issues under the name, DCPatient.

An alumna of Harvard and Georgetown Law, Mrs. Cryer frequently speaks on the topics of patient advocacy and personalized medicine. She has been featured on CNN, Fox News, CBS Evening News, and NBC News.

Mrs. Cryer generously serves a number of non-profit healthcare organizations in addition to the ALF. She currently is on the boards Howard University’s Women’s Health Institute Advisory Committee and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. She is a member of the Women

Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation, the American
Society of Association Executives, Alliance to Strengthen FDA, Food & Drug Law Institute, and the Virginia Bar Association.

Mrs. Cryer is married to Dr. Dennis R. Cryer and resides in Washington, DC.

Donna Cryer Press Release

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Page updated: June 27th, 2011