• Chief Patient Officer

Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron


Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron is a distinguished Fortune 100 corporate executive, board director and physician with over 25 years of leadership excellence in healthcare, corporate and non-profit sectors. A frequent speaker on equity in medicine and women in leadership, Dr. Richardson- Heron is known for her transformative contributions to improving disparities in healthcare and the workplace.

Career History

In addition to her work at Merryck, Dr. Richardson-Heron serves as Chief Patient Officer at Pfizer, Inc., one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. She is responsible for the organization’s global strategy to advance patient-focused programs and platforms. Dr. Richardson is responsible for identifying, creating and amplifying a strategic framework for impactful interactions with the organization’s patients in over 180 countries worldwide.

Before joining Pfizer, Dr. Richardson-Heron served as the chief engagement officer and scientific executive for the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) All of Us Research Program. There, she served on the NIH executive leadership team and led outreach efforts to enroll and retain over 1 million volunteers in a landmark effort to advance diverse and innovative health research that may lead to more precise treatment and prevention strategies.

Dr. Richardson-Heron served as CEO of the YWCA USA where she led the 158-year-old organization‘s transformation, mission impact, member services, advocacy, communications, finance, development teams and field directors nationwide. Together with her executive leadership team, she worked to develop and implement innovative, value added solutions and supports for the 25th largest nonprofit in the United States with a network of more than 220 local association members with net assets of nearly $1 Billion offering life-changing community-based services.

Previously, she served as the CEO of the Greater NYC Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, national chief medical officer at the United Cerebral Palsy Association, assistant executive director and chief medical officer at United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, and special assistant to the CEO and executive medical director at Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.


Dr. Richardson-Heron serves on the board of trustees at Barnard College and the NY Foundation for Senior Citizens. She is a member of the Women’s Forum of NY. Dr. Richardson-Heron holds a doctorate in medicine from New York University School of Medicine and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Barnard College. She also completed Executive Human Resources Leadership and Management training at the University of Michigan.