Gary J. Appio is the Head of US Safety Risk Management at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. He is responsible for strategic and tactical support of Novartis’ risk management activities related to FDA required REMS and EU Global Risk Management Plan commitments. He provides expert opinion on risk management support for products in early development to assist in shaping risk management and risk communication strategies for healthcare professionals. Before this role, Dr. Appio created the Medical Information and Communication contact center at Novartis, which provides medical information support to healthcare professionals on Novartis products across all therapeutic areas. Prior to Novartis, he worked 11 years at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, NJ in several clinical staff and leadership positions including Hospital Pharmacy Director. Dr. Appio earned his BS in Pharmacy from Rutgers University, PharmD from the University of Florida, and holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amhearst.