Events Archive

February 19, 2008
Health Law Society Guest Speaker
The Future Direction of Health Care System in the U.S. and Abroad

Speaker: Alex M. Azar II, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communications, Eli Lilly and Company
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Wynne Courtroom
Contact: For more information contact Tom Donohoe at

Alex M. Azar IIAlex M. Azar II
Senior Vice President
Corporate Affairs and Communications
Lecture: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Wynne Courtroom
Reception: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Conour Atrium
1.0 Hours of CLE available (no fee, sign-in required)

Alex M. Azar II joined Eli Lilly and Company June 2007 as senior vice president of corporate affairs and communications. He is a member of the company’s policy and strategy committee and its operations committee.

Azar received a bachelor degree summa cum laude with highest honors in government and economics from Dartmouth College in 1988. He earned his law degree at the Yale Law School in 1991, where he served as a member of the executive committee of the Yale Law Journal. He clerked for Judge J. Michael Luttig of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States. Azar worked as an associate independent counsel for the first two years of the Whitewater investigation and was a partner at Wiley, Rein & Fielding in Washington, D.C.

From 2005 to 2007, Azar served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he was the number two official and chief operating officer for the largest civilian cabinet department in the U.S. government, with a budget of $698 billion and over 66,000 employees reporting up to him. On behalf of the Secretary, he oversaw all HHS programs and operations, including Medicare, Medicaid, public health, medical research, the regulation of food and drugs, public health emergency preparedness and response, and many other activities. From 2001 to 2005, he served HHS as General Counsel.

Azar has extensive global health diplomacy and international experience, including leading U.S. government efforts to encourage worldwide pharmaceutical and medical device innovation. He also served as the U.S. Co-Chair of the U.S.-E.U. Summit on Prevention and was a member of the U.S.-Ireland Research and Development Steering Committee.

Azar is a recipient of the Surgeon General’s Medallion, the highest medal awarded to civilians by the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.