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Women in Science: Ana Avelar



Ana Avelar

Global Medical Manager, Digital | Mexico



How long have you been in healthcare and what is your current role at Viatris?

I graduated from medical school 12 years ago and have been in healthcare ever since. Throughout my career I have been in primary care, in clinical research, and in the pharmaceutical industry. My current position at Viatris is Global Medical Manager, Digital, which among many other things, involves tasks such as medical content selection, adaptation, review, and creation of scientific digital materials for health care providers.


What first interested you in science as a child/growing up?  

From a very young age I’ve always been fascinated by science, in particular biology and chemistry, and by learning through observation and experimentation. I always knew I wanted to pursue a career in science, but it wasn’t until my last year in high school that I decided to become a physician.


What advice would you share with young girls who might be considering a career in science?  

Definitely go for it, and do not let anyone discourage you from following your dreams. Science is a highly-rewarding field with many different branches that are all exciting and challenging and astonishing. It is inspiring to see that there are more and more women in science every day, but it is still a field where we can help achieve greater things by bringing so much more to the table, not only in terms of diversity and empathy, but also brainpower, creativity, and different points of view, to name a few.


How does your work each day contribute to our commitment of enhancing access for patients? 

Each day, I contribute to the continuous medical education of healthcare professionals around the world, especially around disease areas, diagnosis and management throughout the natural history of disease. I am convinced that this can arm healthcare professionals (HCPs) to better care for their patients, improving their quality of life, and helping them live healthier at every stage of life.



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