Kathleen Wolf

Vice President, Clinical Operations

Why I joined Emmes

The challenge to build a strong clinical operations structure to support future growth was really exciting. Plus, in my interactions with company leaders, I felt a real authenticity. The dedication to our clients and human health is part of the fabric of the company. That, combined with a respectful, collaborative culture is what brought me here.

My background

I started my career as a clinical research coordinator focused on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s research, followed by management roles at Shire and Human Genome Sciences. Later, I joined AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, where I led portfolio development plans and resource strategies across infectious disease, oncology and respiratory therapeutic groups. Next, at AstraZeneca’s MedImmune unit, I served initially as therapeutic director and then senior director/clinical operations head for infectious disease and vaccines.

How I chose my career

As a child, I was misdiagnosed as having bronchitis when I actually had severe asthma. Then, in college, I studied international health, got my paramedic license and did volunteer work as an EMT. When I got my first job at a neurology practice, I wanted to apply everything I’d learned as a patient and as a volunteer – as far as really listening to each patient and caregiver and considering their perspectives.

A career highlight

I had the opportunity to take patient care a step further when I was at AstraZeneca/MedImmune. My idea was to create a patient engagement conference to seek input and ideas – before protocols are written for a Phase 1 trial and before people enroll in a study. We did the event on a shoestring budget, and the result far exceeded our expectations. Thousands of people attended, and it was such a reinforcement for patient partnership.

A bit about me

Life with three little girls involves spending a lot of time in nature, frog-hunting, bike-riding and walking in the woods. A big highlight each year is an Oscars party, with a large group of friends and neighbors, and girls getting all "glammed up." If I had more time in the day, I would definitely do more yoga!


M.B.A., Georgetown University
B.A., international affairs, George Washington University