Anne C. Beal, M.D., M.P.H., is chief patient officer at Sanofi. Previously she was chief operating officer of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). As PCORI’s first COO, Beal was responsible for ensuring PCORI developed the structure and capacity needed to carry out its mission as the nation’s largest research institute focused on patient-centered outcomes research.
Before her time at PCORI, Dr. Beal was president of the Aetna Foundation, the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna Inc, focusing its work on improving health care in the U.S., particularly for vulnerable patient groups. She has devoted her career to providing access to high-quality health care through the delivery of health care services, teaching, research, public health, and philanthropy.
Prior to joining the Aetna Foundation, she was assistant vice president for the Program on Health Care Disparities at The Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that aims to promote a high-performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults.
Early in her career, Dr. Beal, who is a board-certified pediatrician, worked with a mobile medical unit project delivering health care services to children living in homeless shelters throughout New York City. She was also a health services researcher at the Center for Child and Adolescent Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition, she was associate director of the Multicultural Affairs Office of Massachusetts General Hospital, an attending pediatrician within the division of general pediatrics, and she has held faculty positions within both Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health.
In addition to publishing in the peer-reviewed medical literature, Dr. Beal is also the author of The Black Parenting Book: Caring for Our Children in the First Five Years. Dr. Beal has been a pediatric commentator and medical correspondent for Essence magazine, The American Baby Show, ABC News, and NBC News. Dr. Beal holds a B.A. from Brown University, an M.D from Cornell University Medical College, and an M.P.H. from Columbia University. She completed her internship, residency, and National Research Service Award fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.