Todd Berner is currently based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, where he works in the pharmaceutical industry. Previously, Todd worked as the Senior Medical Director and Global Medical Affairs Franchise Lead, Immunology, for Shire. Before that, Todd has been a part of teams that produced and disseminated data and evidence centered around listening to the voice of the patient. He is working to reimagine the functions of medical affairs founded on the idea of identifying products and interventions that bring value to the healthcare environment
Throughout his career, Todd Berner observed inefficient practices associated with the former fee for service model commonplace in the healthcare industry. He was drawn to the concept of value, and how health care delivery could be improved. In recent years as health economics has become central to systems of healthcare., Todd Berner has emerged as a leading voice within in this field.
Todd notes that value can be boiled down to a simple equation of quality vs. cost. Todd looks at the future of the industry with an innovative perspective hoping to promote ideas that demonstrate real world effectiveness, and not simply in highly structured studies.
Todd has made significant contributions to the field of health outcomes and pharmacoeconomics, by authoring scores of scientific publications and presentations. His research has focused on three major streams of investigation, patient’s persistence and medication behaviors, quality and safety within geriatric populations, and the appreciation for patient centeredness and the role of patient engagement within outcomes research.
In particular, Todd Berner has chosen to focus his expertise on improving patient outcomes for the thousands of Americans suffering from rare diseases. Often, these individuals are isolated and have difficulty communicating with professionals or other patients that may have the knowledge they need to help them. Todd believes that, through the use of technology and building better experiences in care centers, healthcare organizations can vastly improve the lives of patients with rare diseases.
He is involved with a number of organizations that deal with Health Economics including, but not limited to, Patient Engagement in Research Special Interest Group for International Society For Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI), and the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA). Todd had spoken at numerous conferences dedicated to the furthering of patient advocacy, including the Medical Affairs Leaders Forum in Zurich.
Outside of work, Todd Berner enjoys running, playing soccer, and generally staying active. Prior to his time in Chicago, he spent more than a decade in New Orleans. He holds a Bachelor of Science from SUNY Albany, and studied in Mexico and at Stony Brook University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine.