Donna R. Cryer, JD
President & CEO, Global Liver Institute

Donna R. Cryer, JD, has channeled her personal experience as an IBD and liver transplant patient into professional advocacy as president and chief executive officer of the Global Liver Institute, the innovation and collaboration platform for the liver community.  Ms. Cryer most recently served as Chair, President & Chief Executive Officer of the American Liver Foundation, the largest and oldest national non-profit organization serving liver disease patients and their families.  She was the first patient to lead the organization in its thirty-six year history.

For eight years, Ms. Cryer has led CryerHealth, a healthcare consulting firm providing strategic counsel to top biopharmaceutical companies, patient advocacy organizations, and emerging technology firms on patient engagement in health information technology, drug discovery, and clinical decision making.  

Her e-health experience includes participating in the launch of the Office of National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) consumer engagement campaign and serving on the ONC technical expert panel on patient-generated health data, participating as a member of the White House e-health equity taskforce and the judging panel on the White House design challenge on innovating the electronic patient medical record. Her blog, DCpatient – An Impatient Patient’s Perspective from Washington, DC, and twitter feed @DCpatient are listed as top resources for  insights into emerging e-patients and patient advocates.

Ms. Cryer is a patient representative to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a merit reviewer for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and a member of Stakeholder Advisory Group to the NIH Learning Health System Research Collaboratory.  Additionally, Ms. Cryer serves on the Gastroenterology Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Society of Clinical Oncology Guidelines Committee; Hepatitis B Infection Screening in Patients Receiving Chemotherapy for Treatment of Malignant Diseases,  the Board of the Personalized Medicine Coalition, a member of the Patient and Consumer Advisory Council for the Center for Medical Technology Policy, and as at an Advisor to HarborPath, a patient assistance program for those living with HIV/AIDS and HCV.

Ms. Cryer received an undergraduate degree from Harvard/Radcliffe Colleges and received a Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center.

She resides in Washington, DC, with her husband, Dennis R. Cryer, MD, FAHA.