Stan McDermott, PharmD, MS, RPh

Managing Director, Clinical Research

Stan McDermott, PharmD, MS, RPh, is Managing Director, Clinical Research for Cardinal Health Regulatory Sciences.

Role responsibilities

Dr. McDermott has managerial responsibilities for a team of clinical research consultants providing clinical strategy, operations and medical writing services. He is also a technical leader for clinical development programs.

Professional experience

Dr. McDermott has experience with regulatory strategies; clinical development planning, execution and reporting; clinical trial design, management and reporting and operational responsibilities. He also has experience with technical writing for cardiovascular, central nervous system, dermatology/wound care, endocrinology, gastroenterology and pulmonary products.
Dr. McDermott has been involved in numerous meetings with the FDA across several different disease groups and indications and has experience with the European Medicines Agency. He has more than 30 years of experience as a pharmaceutical executive and product development leader, with operational and scientific responsibilities in clinical research and project management for the pharmaceutical and clinical research organization industries as well as a research institute and a medical university.
Prior to joining Cardinal Health, Dr. McDermott led the Center for Community and Clinical Research at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, and served as Vice President for the Center for Clinical Trials and Product Development at the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. Prior to this, he spent 10 years with Quintiles, serving as Vice President of Global Project Management and General Manager, as well as working as a senior researcher. Before Quintiles, Dr. McDermott spent 18 years with Hoechst Marion Roussel Inc. (formerly Marion Merrell Dow and Marion Laboratories), working with clinical trials and clinical development and held FDA submission/interaction positions.


Dr. McDermott received a doctorate in pharmacy, master’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences with an emphasis in pharmacology and a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Missouri–Kansas City.

Areas of Expertise

Clinical development planning

Clinical trial design

Technical writing

Regulatory strategy development


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