2024 PDA/FDA Joint Regulatory Conference

Patrizia Cavazzoni MD U.S. FDA

Patrizia Cavazzoni MD

Patrizia Cavazzoni MD U.S. FDA Director, CDER

Patrizia Cavazzoni, MD, is the director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at FDA. She joined FDA in January 2018 as CDER’s Deputy Director for Operations. Dr. Cavazzoni received her medical degree at McGill University and completed a residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in mood disorders at the University of Ottawa. During her training, she was an investigator in clinical trials of novel antipsychotic and antidepressant medications and became a research collaborator within the International Group for The Study of Lithium Treated Patients. She subsequently received a full-time appointment to the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and joined the Mood Disorders Program at the Royal Ottawa Hospital. After her tenure in academic medicine, Dr. Cavazzoni worked in the pharmaceutical industry for several years, holding senior executive positions in clinical development, regulatory affairs, and safety risk management in large companies across multiple therapeutic areas. Dr. Cavazzoni obtained certification by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry in 1997 and 2008 and is a fellow of the Canadian Royal College of Physician and Surgeons. She is a fellow of the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology and a recipient of the American College of Psychiatrists’ Laughlin Fellowship.