Sharon Phares, PhD, MPH, is Chief Scientific Officer of the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC), which sponsors and participates in research on the appropriate use of pharmaceuticals and the clinical and economic value of pharmaceutical innovation. NPC’s research contributes to the scientific foundation for informed discussions about health care access, coverage, appropriate use and value. Dr. Phares directs NPC’s research strategy and oversees the organization’s research on policy issues, including demystifying pharmaceutical pricing perceptions, addressing challenges of health technology assessments, and examining underlying issues of patient access and affordability.
Before joining NPC, Dr. Phares served as Senior Vice President of Research at Pharmaceutical Strategies Group (PSG), an EPIC company. In this role, she oversaw the strategy and execution of research and educational initiatives, including primary and sponsored research as well as client projects for pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers. Prior to PSG, Dr. Phares was the Vice President of Research and Education at the Pharmaceutical Benefit Management Institute. She also held senior positions in research and analytics at Laboratory Corporation of America, Walgreens Health Services and Express Scripts Incorporated.
Dr. Phares is an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Assistant Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine with Washington University in St. Louis. She earned her PhD in sociology from North Carolina State University and an MPH from the University of North Carolina’s Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health.
Dr. Phares was named as one of the Top 100 Women Leaders in STEM in 2012. Her areas of expertise include survey design, prescription drug benefit design, health outcomes research, health and wellness program development and outcomes, developing epidemiologic and population-based models of healthcare costs and utilization, behavioral economics, statistics, research methods, predictive modeling, and program evaluation. She has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications as well as book chapters and white papers on healthcare, research methods, and human behavior.