About Us


CryerHealth Philosophy

CryerHealth is the most trusted health advocacy and alliance development consultancy, working in the United States and abroad. We connect corporations, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations to help them realize their business objectives, and improve and accelerate changes in health and healthcare delivery.

Our Mission

At CryerHealth our mission is to serve as a catalyst for the improvement of health and the healthcare system through the use of communication strategies and tactics that elevate the role and power of patients and physicians.

CryerHealth Leadership:

hrDonna R. Cryer, JD, Chief Executive Officerimages

Donna R. Cryer is chief executive officer of CryerHealth, a healthcare consultancy based in Washington, DC, providing advocacy and alliance development expertise to top pharmaceutical, biotech, and diagnostic companies, as well as the largest patient and physician associations in the United States and abroad. She is dedicated to ensuring that the voices and views of patients and physicians are heard in healthcare decision making.

Mrs. Cryer’s clinical trial experience includes creating the multicultural recruitment program for Matthews Media Group, a clinical trial recruitment firm now part of the Omnicom Group. Her clinical trial and multicultural health clients include deCODE genetics of Iceland, Boehringer Ingelheim, the Association of Black Cardiologists, the National Medical Association/W. Monague Cobb Health Policy Institute, and the National Minority Quality Forum.

A liver transplant recipient, Mrs. Cryer has been named to a five year term as a Patient Representative to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and elected as the 1st patient to be chair of the board of the American Liver Foundation. Mrs. Cryer serves as an advisor to the Institute for Patient-Centered Design and has spoken on the topic of E-patients at the National Institutes of Health, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy of Nursing, World Health Innovation and Technology Conference, and Princeton Medical Center.

An alumna of Harvard and Georgetown Law, Mrs. Cryer has been featured on CNN, Fox News, CBS Evening News, and NBC News. She serves on the advisory committee for the Women’s Health Institute at Howard University, the board of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, and is a member of the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation, the American Society of Association Executives, and the Virginia State Bar.

hrDennis Cryer, MD, FAHA – Chief Medical Officer

images-1An alumnus of Johns Hopkins University and the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Cryer has an expansive career: in academia on the research and clinical faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry at Bristol Myers Squibb, ultimately as Vice President of External Medical Affairs serving as external liaison for Advocacy and Quality across therapeutic areas, with a focus on development of programs in the cardiovascular, metabolic, neuroscience, and primary care arenas.

With background and training in human genetics and metabolism, Dr. Cryer played a leadership role in the clinical research, development and launch of two blockbuster drugs in the cardiometabolic space–pravastatin (Pravacholâ) and metformin (Glucophageâ.) Dr. Cryer is a member of numerous scientific organizations including AACE, ADA (serving on the Board of Diabetes Industry Advisors), ASHG, ASH (former Chair, Corporate Affairs Committee), the Endocrine Society, the International Atherosclerosis Society, and the National Lipid Association.

Dr. Cryer was elected a Fellow of the Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Council of the American Heart Association in 1987, and for 2006-2007 was elected Chairman of the AHA Pharmaceutical Roundtable. He has served as a member of the Campaign Corporate Advisory Committee for the ACC Foundation and recently completed a 4-year term on the Board of Trustees of the AAFP Foundation. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Sister to Sister Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Friends of the National Library of Medicine (NIH).

hrDominick Kennerson — MHSADkennersonDominick Kennerson joins the CryerHealth team after serving as a distinguished fellow with the Robert Bosch Foundation. Through the Bosch Foundation, Mr. Kennerson was able to study the German healthcare system, locally and globally, via the National Statutory Health Insurance Association (GKV-Spitzenverband) and Bayer Healthcare’s
global advocacy function, respectively. As a former RevolutionHealthemployee, Mr.Kennerson was responsible for developing business, marketing, and advocacy partnerships with some of the nation’s leading organizations in the health and wellness arena. His past work has focused on promoting awareness and advocacy for healthcare campaigns designed to create a more consumer-friendly, responsive healthcare system.Prior to joining RevolutionHealth, Dominick worked in various hospital management positions throughout Washington, D.C., including, Greater Southeast Community Hospital, where he completed his managerial residency. These direct patient care
experiences have given Dominick a mission-driven perspective that creates the enthusiasm behind his work.Dominick has been actively engaged in the Washington, D.C. community. He currently serves on the board of the George Washington University Health Services Management and Leadership Alumni Association and for several years taught 5th and 6th graders at the KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Academy in Southeast Washington, D.C. and was recognized as City Year’s Idealist of the Year (2007) for that work.

Mr. Kennerson received his Master’s in Health Services Management and Leadership at the George Washington University and his undergraduate degree from South Carolina State University.

hrRachael EnglandRachael England manages the needs of clients for CryerHealth. Now based in Washington, DC, Ms. England is returning to the United States after living France, Cyprus, and Taiwan. While abroad, Ms. England studied and worked on issues involving health policy, business development, international relations, and cross-border medical provision. She obtained her undergraduate degree in government and medicine in society from Franklin & Marshall College and graduated magna cum laude with her master’s of public health degree from the French National School of Public Health – l’École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique. Her master’s thesis proposed solutions to the complex political, business, health, and cultural challenges facing the development of the medical tourism industry in Taiwan. With work experiences and funded research projects spanning four continents, her insight into public health, policy formation, and business development issues is truly global in scope. Ms. England is a member of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association and was recently awarded a “Young Researchers” award for the presentation of her research in Asia at the 2011 Association of Schools of Public Health of the European Region’s annual Conference.