John Damonti


John Damonti is the President of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation and Vice President of Corporate Philanthropy and Patient Assistance at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, a global bio-pharmaceutical Company.

John has more than 25 years of experience working in the areas of health policy, government affairs and social responsibility. He completed his undergraduate degree in psychology at Bowling Green State University and received a Master’s in Social Work degree from Fordham University in 1985.  In 2007 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree also from Fordham University.

The mission of the BMS Foundation is to seek innovative approaches to reducing health disparities by strengthening community-based healthcare worker capacity, medical care and community-based supportive services, and by mobilizing communities to fight disease.  To do this, the Foundation actively engages a wide range of partners to develop, execute, evaluate and promote strategic and innovative programs to improve the health outcomes of populations disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS and cancer in Africa, hepatitis B and C in Asia, Lung Cancer in the southeast United States, barriers to specialized care and the mental health and well-being of returning veterans and their families and oncology nursing in Central and Eastern Europe.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, he is a member of the Boards of the New York Academy of Medicine – where he is also a Fellow – and Family Care International and serves on the Advisory Board of Seeds of Africa.


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