Senior Medical Director, Dr. Jeffery Hammond
Physicians Executive Master of Business Administration (PEMBA) alumnus Dr. Jeffrey Hammond brings more than 30 years combined experience as a hospital trauma surgeon and medical affairs director developing surgical solutions to his new position as senior medical director of Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Hammond, a Miami native, is responsible for clinical research initiatives at Pacira, a Parsippany, N.J., based specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the clinical and commercial development of new products for acute care. He joined Pacira in 2015.
His role within clinical research and pharmacovigilance entails overseeing new protocol development and Phase I-IV clinical trials that adhere to Federal Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines. Pacira is best known for its product EXPAREL®, a long acting bupivacaine local anesthetic formulation that has proven effective in post-operative pain management. The company’s proprietary product delivery method encapsulates the drug in liposomes (fats) for controlled, prolonged release, effectively providing non-opioid pain relief for a longer term.
Prior to Pacira, Hammond was group director of medical affairs at Ethicon, a surgical solutions company located in Somerville, N.J., where he oversaw the wound closure, mesh and biosurgery platforms, among others. He also worked on early phase surgical device research and development and served as medical safety officer.
Hammond attended Auburn’s Physicians Executive Master of Business Administration from 2001-2003. At the time, he was professor of surgery and section chief of trauma and surgical critical care at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, both located in New Brunswick, N.J. He sought the MBA to aid his medical school in negotiating contracts with managed care providers. Interestingly, rather than applying his newly learned skills to contract negotiation, he was called upon by the hospital and medical school to develop business plans for a new wound care center and a simulation/patient safety laboratory.
“The skill sets that I developed at PEMBA were often used in the quality improvement and patient safety realm, where I was applying some of the strategic techniques that I acquired,” Hammond said. “And since you sometimes have to sell and market ideas to reluctant physicians…I can say that I used a lot of the organizational management skills that I learned from PEMBA.”
Hammond selected the Auburn program due to the flexibility of its distance-learning schedule. Some programs require on campus visits twice a month or more or viewing of online classes at a designated time, which did not work with the schedule of a trauma surgeon at a Level I trauma facility. Auburn delivered flexible online teaching options and provided easy access to professors and peers, along with on-campus requirements that fit his hectic professional schedule.
Hammond did not anticipate moving from the surgical table to the surgical solutions industry when he joined the program in 2001, but gained knowledge of organizational management, budget management, internal negotiation, managing timelines and counseling have all proven beneficial in this second phase of his professional career.
Hammond began his career as a trauma surgeon at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Medical Center in 1981. He served as professor of surgery and co-director of its regional burn center during his 10-year stint before moving to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in 1990.