Elizabeth B. Andrews, MPH, PhD

Vice President, Emeritus, Epidemiology

PhD, Epidemiology
MPH, Health Policy and Administration
BA
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Elizabeth Andrews, PhD, is Vice President Emeritus at RTI HS. She continues to advise on epidemiology research programs that evaluate drug safety and compliance with risk minimization programs. These include prospective patient cohort studies, surveys, and studies using large existing databases. Until recently, she was VP, Pharmacoepidemiology and Risk Management, serving as principal investigator or senior advisor for many projects across multiple therapeutic and geographic areas. 

Previously, Dr. Andrews was Vice President, Worldwide Epidemiology, at GlaxoSmithKline, where she initiated the first pharmaceutical pregnancy registry, the Acyclovir Pregnancy Registry, and multiple registries for other medications. She played an active role in the US policy debate that shaped HIPAA, testifying multiple times in Congress on the value of patient level data in observational research.  She began her career in the pharmaceutical industry at Burroughs Wellcome in 1982 and subsequently built a strong international epidemiology program at Glaxo Wellcome. Prior to joining Burroughs Wellcome, she managed the Statewide Regionalized Perinatal Care Program and directed the non-Medicaid health care reimbursement programs for the State Health Department of North Carolina.

She is a Fellow and Past President of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology, and coeditor of Pharmacovigilance. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor of the University of North Carolina School of Public Health.