Dr. Donald Therasse
Dr. Don Therasse spent 26 years in the pharmaceutical industry, all with Eli Lilly and Company. He joined Lilly as a clinical research physician in the infectious diseases division, and subsequently held positions as medical director for infectious diseases research and the infectious diseases global business unit, director of infectious diseases discovery research and clinical investigation, and executive director of the US medical division. Following that he assumed a newly created role of vice president, global medical affairs, where he built a central organization that oversaw and coordinated the medical affairs resources and responsibilities across Lilly’s global affiliate offices. Following that he assumed the role of vice president, global patient safety, and bioethics, with responsibility for adverse event case management, safety surveillance, pharmacoepidemiology, periodic reporting, risk management/risk minimization, and health hazard evaluation. During that time, he also established the company’s internal bioethics program and chaired the bioethics advisory committee.
Don is married to his wife Patrica and they have two children and several grandchildren. Don resides in Spring Lake, Michigan
Education: Don received both a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy and his M.D. degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He trained as an intern and resident in internal medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle and did a subspecialty fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Michigan Medical Center.
Professional Awards: He has received several honors and awards including the Merck Award in Pharmacy, the Upjohn Award in Pharmacy, the Carl V. Weller Award in Pathology, and the William Dodd Robinson Award for Excellence in Internal Medicine, all at the University of Michigan. At Lilly, he was recognized with the Lilly Research Laboratories President’s Award, and in 2004, received the Chairman’s Ovation Award. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society, the Rho Chi Society (pharmacy), and Phi Lambda Upsilon (chemistry).
Professional Affiliations: Don is a member of the American Society for Microbiology and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty at the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University.