Summer 2018  |  29 At one of the healthcare and life science industries’ premier recognition events, the HBA honored their 2018 Woman of the Year— Dr. Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, executive vice president for strategic communications, global public policy and population health and chief patient officer, Merck & Co., Inc. “Dr. Gerberding was selected to receive the HBA’s prestigious award because of her many contributions to public health, and just as importantly because of her role as an exceptional industry leader. Her business savvy, strong network, and track record of nurturing and advancing top talent is an inspiration to all,” said Laurie Cooke, HBA HBA Recognizes Dr. Julie Gerberding as 2018 Woman of the Year WOMAN OF THE YEAR