Medical Director - Oncology

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
Job Location
Gaithersburg, MD
Job Description

Medical Director - Oncology
This role will be based in Gaithersburg, MD
A Medical Director in US Medical Affairs is a board-certified physician who has a history of clinical practice and significant experience in the therapeutic area. The Medical Director is knowledgeable of the actions of regulatory bodies, in particular FDA, and has experience in all aspects of clinical trials. S/he will have solid peer relationships with external scientific and clinical experts in their therapeutic area (TA), in this case Oncology. An ideal candidate should have significant experience in their medical specialty (with a focus on lung cancer) and would thrive on proactively engaging internal and external leaders and will serve as a medical expert for their compound (s) and disease area. The ideal Medical Director will also have strong commercial aptitude and/or experience, including proven ability to translate and appropriately align commercial and scientific goals and objectives.
*All activities of study team physicians for US local trials including design of trials, medical oversight of trial conduct, data interpretation as appropriate and execution of compassionate use approaches.
*Ascertaining the medical accuracy and fair balance of medical information in promotional material and learning materials for both internal and external use
*Medical input into brand strategy as a core member of Core Medical Team (CMT).
*Interact with leaders of groups identified as strategic partners, including both payer and provider groups.
*Interact with leaders in the therapy area (external experts, Academic Institutions, and Societies).
*Play an integral role in the planning and participation of national and regional medical advisory boards.
*Play an integral role in the planning and providing of training for external medical/scientific speakers.
*Provide clinical education and training for internal stakeholders such as regional scientific managers and members of product sales teams.
*Provide medical review in concert with cross functional team members for investigator-sponsored research proposals.
*Provide medical input into the Brand Team Externally Sponsored Scientific Research program and Publication Strategies.
*Maintain key links into global brand clinical activities by maintaining collaborative working relationship with Oncology medical physicians including Medical Science Director (MSD), Clinical Research Scientists.
*Supply medical input into safety profile of the product in collaboration with Patient Safety (PS) physicians
*Act as medical spokesperson for US Brand as needed for media inquiries or other external groups.
*Work with commercial brand teams to provide scientific and clinical expertise/input into strategic and tactical decisions in support of AstraZeneca products acting as medical expert for disease area.
*Work closely with our Medical Science Liaisons (MSL) and National Clinical Account Managers ( NCAM) to appropriately support customer needs.
*Supply medical insight into promotional material along with learning materials for internal and external use
*Actively contribute medical and scientific input to relevant internal Brand, and Managed Markets teams regarding product strategy.
*Actively contribute to medical input for global clinical activities with global TA physicians including global brand strategy, global clinical trials, brand safety profile discussions, global brand payer dossier
*As a Medical expert, supply medical input into global Phase III programs and/or Life Cycle Management (LCM) programs


Minimum Requirements:
*Graduate of an accredited medical school and recipient of M.D. or D.O. degrees or equivalent
*Board certification/eligibility in Oncology (preferred) , internal medicine or a related relevant specialty.
*Background in practicing medicine, clinical research, and familiarity with biostatistics, epidemiology and heath outcomes.
*Excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal, and organization skills.
*High level of emotional intelligence.
*Strong business acumen, including working knowledge of changing U.S. payer and provider landscape.
*Proven ability to interact productively with both commercial and scientific colleagues.
*Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in cross functional teams.
*Familiarity with OPDP, PhRMA code, and key regulations in the pharmaceutical industry
*Highest level of ethics and integrity.
*Ability to travel nationally and internationally. Travel will be up to ~30% of time.
*Medical Directors will have at least 3 years of pharmaceutical industry or other related areas of experience .
Preferred Background:
*Additional training such as an M.P.H., M.B.A. or other advanced degree.
*Knowledge of relevant Professional Societies and Scientific Medical Experts.
*Experience with pharmaceutical drug development and Medical/Scientific Affairs
*Active medical license.

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation
LocationMD, Gaithersburg
CategoryMedical Affairs
Date Posted11/14/2014
Req Number14-50116965
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AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines, primarily for the treatment of cardiovascular, metabolic, respiratory, inflammation, autoimmune, oncology, infection and neuroscience diseases. AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide. For more information please visit

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