Author: [AUTHOR] Published on 11/1/2021 12:00:00 AM
Kimberly Maxfield, PhD, Policy Lead, US Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Maryland
Who Has Inspired You in Your Career?
Frances Kelsey, MD, PhD, the physician and pharmacologist credited with preventing the US Food and Drug Administration’s approval of thalidomide in the United States in the 1960s, has inspired my career on multiple levels. She demonstrated a commitment to evidence and scientific rigor that was motivated by a drive to protect public health and was not swayed by external forces. Also, she did this at a time when few women served in STEM professions.
What Has Been the Greatest Challenge in Your Career?
The majority of the biomedical and healthcare landscape is parsed into siloed disciplines that use different terminology, value structures, and operations. Multidisciplinary and collaborative approaches are required for the translation of scientific discovery into effective healthcare delivery that promotes public health. My biggest career challenge has and continues to be how to build an interdisciplinary career to fill this gap, one that is rooted in scientific expertise and research methods and leverages social science, public health, policy development, leadership, and communication.
When You Aren’t Working, How Do You Spend Your Free Time?
I have always been athletic. I was a division one athlete in college (rowing), ran and coached marathons in graduate school, and participated in triathlon, trail, and bike races. Now, I focus on functional weightlifting, biking, hiking, and swimming.
I am also a life-long learner and will be starting a part-time MPH program in the Fall of 2021 to focus on intersecting my scientific, technical, and regulatory experience with public health practice and policy.
How Do You Keep Focused and Motivated?
I am very driven by the overall mission and vision of promoting public and global health. As long as I see progress (even if it is slow!) toward that goal, I remain motivated and energetic.
Kimberly has been a member of ASCPT since 2017.