Connie B. Newman, MD, FAMWA

Medical School:  Weill Cornell Medical College, class of 1978

Specialty:  Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism

Career Highlights:

  • Expert author and speaker on statin safety and statin intolerance, lipid management, and large randomized trials of statins; co-author of 2015 European Atherosclerosis Society Consensus Statement on Statin-Associated Muscle Symptoms
  • Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, New York University School of Medicine; Academic Visitor, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford (UK)
  • Formerly Head, Cardiovascular Regulatory Affairs, at Pfizer; led a global team responsible for regulatory strategy and regulatory interactions for investigational and approved medicines for dyslipidemia, venous thrombosis, and cardiovascular disease, including atorvastatin
  • Founder and Leader, “Wellesley Women in Medicine”, a group connecting Wellesley College students and alumnae with an interest in a medical career with each other and with Wellesley educated physicians
  • AMWA President 2018-2019

Service with AMWA:  AMWA President 2018-2019; Board of Directors 2015-present; Co-Chair, Fellowship Program Task Force, 2014-present; Preventive Medicine Task Force and Lead of Obesity Subgroup 2013-present; Co-Chair, JAMWA Committee, 2014-present; Member, American Women’s Hospital Service 2012-present; Co-Chair Centennial Gala Subcommittee 2014-present; Founding Sponsor Physicians Against Human Trafficking Website; Member, Physicians Against Human Trafficking 2012-present; AMWA liaison to Planned Parenthood National Medical Committee 2014-present; AMWA liaison to STOP Obesity Alliance, 2015-present

Quote:  I am committed to advancing public health through education, research and disease prevention. As a woman physician who entered the medical field when so few women were doctors, I am also committed to helping other women doctors, and aspiring doctors, in their journey to and through medicine.

Biography:

Dr. Connie Newman is a board-certified endocrinologist and expert on statin safety and intolerance, lipid management, and large randomized trials evaluating the effects of statins on cardiovascular disease. She publishes and lectures on these topics. Dr. Newman is a member of the Cholesterol Treatment Trialists’ Collaboration and co-author of the meta-analysis of cancer in 170,000 participants in 27 statin trials. She is also a co-author of the 2015 European Atherosclerosis Society Statement, “Statin-Associated Muscle Symptoms: Impact on Statin Therapy”.

Her interests also include obesity, and vitamin D. She has been a member of the Steering Committee of BEST-D, a trial evaluating higher doses of vitamin D in the elderly, and CARDS (Collaborative Atorvastatin Diabetes Study), one of the first cardiovascular outcomes trials that showed that statins reduce MI and stroke in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Newman is a graduate of Wellesley College and Weill Cornell Medical College. She has been a faculty member of New York University Medical School since 1984 and was awarded tenure in 1994. In 1998 she joined the pharmaceutical industry and rose to Executive Director, Head of Cardiovascular Regulatory Affairs at Pfizer where she worked until 2007. She is currently Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine and Academic Visitor at University of Oxford (United Kingdom), Nuffield Department of Population Health.

Dr. Newman is the 2018-2019 President of AMWA. She joined the Board of Directors in 2015. She also continues to be active in the Endocrine Society and serves as Chair of the Special Programs Committee, which develops CME programs on obesity and other diseases. She is a member of the Women’s Leadership Committee of the Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB) Council of the American Heart Association.

Dr. Newman was inspired to become a physician by her neighbor, Dr. Laura Morrow, who was President of AMWA in 1968-1969. Throughout her career Dr. Newman has mentored women medical students and young doctors. In 2011 she founded the Wellesley Women in Medicine shared interest group in order to connect Wellesley College students and young alumnae interested in medicine with doctors. The group has more than 500 members.

Dr. Newman is married to Dr. Jonathan Tobert and has three children.

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