David Gollaher, PhD

Nonresident Senior Fellow, USC Schaeffer Center
Head of Policy and Government Affairs, Vir Biotechnology

David Gollaher, PhD's Bio

David L. Gollaher was the founding President and CEO of the California Healthcare Institute (CHI), 1993-2014, from which he retired to join Gilead Sciences where, from 2014-2018, he headed worldwide Government Affairs and Policy and served as an advisor to Gilead management and as a member of the company’s Health Policy Advisory Board. In May 2019, he joined Vir Biotechnology as the head of policy and government affairs.

Gollaher began his career as an historian of science and medicine. He completed undergraduate studies at University of California, Santa Barbara, and received his masters and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. He was a fellow of Harvard's Houghton Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities and is a member of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Gollaher's biographical study, Voice for the Mad: The Life of Dorothea Dix received the Organization of American Historians' 1996 distinguished Avery O. Craven Award. His 2000 study Circumcision: A History of the World's Most Controversial Surgery was the first full medical scholarly history of the subject.

In 1993, after several years as a senior executive at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, Gollaher helped found CHI, a public policy research and advocacy organization representing more than 365 California academic institutions, biotechnology companies, medical technology and professional firms. In 2003, he was appointed to the California State Legislature's Stem Cell Advisory Panel, and to the U.S. Congressional Homeland Security Advisory Committee. Gollaher has served on the Advisory Board of the J. David Gladstone Institutes, the California Council on Science and Technology. In 2018, he joined the Board of Overseers for The Scripps Research Institute. In addition, he was a co-founder and remains a board member of Vision Robotics Corporation, sharing three patents in the field of autonomous robotic navigation.

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