Morris J. Birnbaum
Morris J. Birnbaum, M.D., Ph.D. is a physician scientist who has led research teams investigating fundamental problems in metabolic regulation and their relevance to chronic disease in both academic and pharmaceutical settings. After a lengthy academic career, in 2014, Dr. Birnbaum moved to Pfizer Inc in Cambridge, MA as Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of the Internal Medicine Research Unit, where he was responsible for the discovery and early clinical development of drugs designed to treat metabolic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, heart failure and cachexia. Under his leadership, Pfizer has brought seven novel potential medicines into clinical development.
Dr. Birnbaum earned a PhD and a MD from Brown University and completed an Internal Medicine residency at Barnes Hospital at Washington University in St. Louis followed by postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Francisco, and Sloan-Kettering Institute in New York. Dr. Birnbaum has held faculty positions at Harvard Medical School, the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He currently is on the Editorial Boards of Science Signaling and Cell Metabolism.