Shontelle Dodson

Senior Vice President and Head of US Medical Specialties Business Unit

Dr. Shontelle Dodson is Senior Vice President and Head of US Medical Specialties Business Unit at Astellas Pharma, Inc., responsible for leading Astellas’ US commercial activities for marketed products in the urology, anti-infectives and hospital business units. Dodson is a member of the Astellas US Management Committee.

Previously, Dodson served as Senior Vice President of Health Systems. In this role, she led health systems, overseeing payer and channel account management, contracts and pricing, reimbursement and market access strategy, health systems marketing, key account management and operations.

Shontelle joined Astellas in 2012 in Medical Affairs, where she was responsible for the strategic direction of the Astellas Medical Affairs Americas organization, including medical support of in-line products, late-stage development compounds and ongoing business evolution across the region. During her tenure at Astellas, Dodson has expanded the Health Economics & Outcomes Research function and pioneered multiple, innovative real world data projects, including the creation of two national registries and innovative research partnerships with leading managed care and academic organizations.

Dodson started her career in direct patient care at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and worked at Pfizer, Inc. and GTx, Inc. in various medical affairs leadership roles.

Dodson joined the board of directors of the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC), a health policy research organization dedicated to advancing good evidence and science and fostering an environment that supports medical innovation in the United States in 2017. She is also a board member of the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR). She has received multiple awards for leadership and innovation during her career, including the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Rising Star and Astellas Vision Award.

She holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University School of Pharmacy and completed a postdoctoral residency at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.