Shontelle Dodson, PharmD, is the Senior Vice President and Head of US Medical Specialties Business Unit at Astellas and has extensive clinical and research experience in the health care and pharmaceutical industries. She previously served as Senior Vice President and Head of Medical Affairs Americas at Astellas. She currently serves as the SWHR Board Chair.
After several years of service in direct patient care at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Dodson spent 11 years at Pfizer Inc. in various leadership roles, including the U.S. Viagra Medical Team Leader and Senior Director, Group Leader supporting the urology and respiratory franchise. Following her work with Pfizer, Dodson served as Vice President of Medical Affairs at GTx Inc. In this capacity, she led the Phase 3 clinical development of a selective androgen receptor modulator for the prevention and treatment of muscle wasting in patients with cancer, including key economic and health outcomes assessments to support product utilization and valuation. Under her leadership at Astellas, the health outcomes group has pioneered multiple, innovative real world data projects, including two national registries in prostate cancer and overactive bladder, as well as partnered research with leading managed care and academic organizations.
She has received multiple awards for leadership and innovation during her career, including the National Healthcare Business Women’s Association Rising Star.
Dodson holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University School of Pharmacy and completed a postdoctoral residency at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.