Prem Sundivakkam

Designation: (Midwest/Chicago Co-Lead)

Department: Director, Medical Communications, Hematology/Rare Diseases, US Medical Affairs

Prem is a board-certified medical affair’s professional and a thought leader who is committed to developing effective medical strategies and scientific content with actionable insights.  Prem has studied and practiced science because he has always been motivated to create things that are newer and better. He strongly believes that his training prepared him to be an adaptable problem solver and capable of taking on a wide range of demanding assignments with little assistance.   For more than 15 years, Prem has successfully led numerous scientific excellence programs and has established new value-creation opportunities to provide the right information to the right people at the right time. In the long term, Prem is interested in identifying the structures, processes and capabilities that are essential to improve the stakeholder engagement, while working towards developing the core value-added activities in medical affairs’ function. The activities include but are not limited to addressing how to embrace the power of technology to position the science and to inform their interactions with stakeholders, how to maximize the role of real-world data to drive scientific excellence, and to build strategic leadership know-how to achieve strong partnerships.   Prem has a PhD in pharmacology and vascular biology from The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R Medical University, India. He received his MBA from the Gies College of Business at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with concentrations in strategy and leadership. He has published over 25 highly cited peer-reviewed research manuscripts and has served on the editorial review boards of several journals. He was a distinguished fellow of American Heart Association (2011-2013) and American Endodontics Association (2014-2015).    Prem leveraged his expertise to serve at several professional and nonprofit organizations. He has held committee appointments and memberships on advisory councils to promote innovation and community engagement. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he founded an online music school to support the families of 27 visually impaired musicians in India. 

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