Gary Noel, MD, is a pediatrician, child advocate, specialist in infectious diseases and immunology and a seasoned expert in drug development, having spent more than 30 years in leadership roles in the biopharmaceutical industry and academia. He joined I-ACT for Children after retiring from Johnson & Johnson, where he most recently served as a member of the Child Health Innovation Leadership Department in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer and as chair of its Pediatric Expert Panel.

Dr. Noel has held various leadership roles at Johnson & Johnson and was previously Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Paratek Pharmaceuticals and Vice President of Early Clinical Development in Infectious Diseases at AstraZeneca. Prior to his time in industry, Dr. Noel served on the full-time faculty at Cornell University Medical College; was the Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center; and led the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program and an NIH-funded laboratory. He was the Associate Director of the Cornell University Children’s Clinical Research Center and administrative lead for The New York Hospital’s Program for Children with AIDS.

A lifelong champion of pediatric research and care, Dr. Noel helped create the Foundation for Treatment of Children with AIDS (serving as its Executive Director and Board Chair) and played an important role in establishing Pediatric HIV-Comprehensive Medical Care Clinics at The New York Hospital and at the DAR-DAR Project in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and has been a member of the Society for Pediatric Research for more than 30 years. Dr. Noel holds an MD from Cornell and was a Clinical Research Fellow at the Maxwell Finland Laboratory for Infectious Diseases, Boston City Hospital, Boston University School of Medicine.

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