2008 Alumni Hall of Fame Inspirador
Evelyn M. Rodriguez, M.D., MPH
Vice President, Global Pharmacoepidemiology
Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals
Evelyn Rodriguez, Vice President & Head of Global Pharmacoepidemiology for Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, is a successful business woman who exudes leadership and an entrepreneurial spirit.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Evelyn is very proud of her Puerto Rican roots. Evelyn has a B.A. in Biology from Saint Francis College, a M.D. from Harvard Medical School and a M.P.H from Columbia University and is pursuing an Executive M.B.A. from Farleigh Dickinson University. She has over 20 years of experience in clinical medicine and is board certified in Pediatrics, General Preventive Medicine and Public Health. She was inspired to become a pediatrician because of the sensitive bedside manner and charitable work practiced by her own pediatrician, Dr. Warren Owens, who managed her sister’s congenital heart disease. She later pursued a public health career in large part to influence positive health outcomes. She joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to work on the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS and trained at the Centers for Disease Control and Epidemiology (CDC) as an Epidemic Service Officer. While there, she helped discover a new calcivirus, the Parkville virus, a cause of gastroenteritis. Evelyn was in the US Public Health Service (USPHS) where she became a commissioned officer; she was Captain in the Commissioned Corps while working for the FDA in drug safety.
Evelyn has earned prestigious awards for her work in public health and published over 20 papers. In 2000, she received the Arthur Flemming Award for Excellence in Science. In 2006, she received the Annual Best Paper Award from the Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety journal.
Evelyn has been married to Paul since 2006 and has three sons from a prior marriage: Jose Luis, Raphael, and Alejandro. Two are in college and one is a high school freshman. Their interests are visual arts, law, and writing, respectively.
Dedicated to inspiring other Latinos to follow their dreams of going to college, Evelyn’s volunteer work has included tutoring and mentoring students. Evelyn’s personal interests include travel, voice lessons and exercise.