Michelle McMurry-Heath

Worldwide Vice President and Global Head of Regulatory Affairs, Medical Devices

Johnson & Johnson

Michelle McMurry-Heath is a physician and scientist with more than two decades of experience bridging the gap between science and policy between medical solutions and patients. After studying biochemistry at Harvard University, Dr. McMurry-Heath became the first African-American to receive both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University. As a clinician trained in pediatrics and the daughter of two California Bay Area public health advocates, Dr. McMurry-Heath was inspired to commit her life's work to providing patients with better health information and greater clinical options. Dr. McMurry-Heath recently joined Johnson & Johnson as Worldwide Vice President and Global Head of Regulatory Affairs for Medical Devices, and in her role she oversees a team of more than 680 employees globally, managing regulatory affairs of 150,000 unique products around the world. In the last two years she has led the charge to integrate distinct groups within J&J’s medical devices, ensure the preservation of overall product quality, and unify the disciplines under one voice. Prior to joining J&J Dr. McMurry-Heath held many positions in the health and policy sectors, most recently she was the Associate Director for Science of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) where she led the FDA team tasked with defining a new role for patients in the regulation of medical devices and diagnostics. Throughout her career, Dr. McMurry-Heath has held a strong belief that through creating strong bonds between public and private sector organizations, we can work together to achieve what in the best interest in public health. Having been “the first” in several of her roles, Dr. McMurry-Heath looks to affirm other’s beliefs that they too can not only improve access to health care for themselves and their communities, but also achieve their personal goals broader than the sphere of health.