Heather H. Pierce, JD, MPH;

Senior Director, Science Policy Regulatory Counsel, Scientific Affairs, Association of American Medical Colleges

Heather H. Pierce, JD, MPH, is the senior director for science policy and regulatory counsel at AAMC. In this roles, she serves as AAMC’s staff leader for scientific regulatory issues including clinical research, conflicts of interest, evidence-based regulation, and collaborations between industry, government, and academia in biomedical research. She is also the designated subject matter expert for the AAMC Forum on Conflict of Interest in Academe and for Convey, the AAMC’s global financial interest disclosure system. Ms. Pierce is a member of PRIM&R’s Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Public Policy and Governance Committees, and regularly speaks at national forums on issues related to the protection of human subjects, conflicts of interest, scientific misconduct, and the regulation of research. She has served on ad hoc committees and task forces convened by organizations including the IOM, The Pew Charitable Trusts, the National Dialogue on Healthcare Innovation, and PRIM&R. Prior to joining AAMC, Ms. Pierce was an attorney in the Health Care Group of the law firm of Ropes & Gray LLP in New York. Her regulatory practice focused on medical research and clinical care. She received her law degree from New York University and her MPH in Health Law from Boston University.


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