Luther T. Clark, MD, FACC, FACP


Deputy Chief Patient Officer Global Director, Scientific, Medical and Patient Perspective Office of the Chief Patient Officer

Dr. Luther T. Clark is Deputy Chief Patient Officer and Global Director, Scientific Medical and Patient Perspective (SMPP) in the Office of the Chief Patient Officer (OCPO) at Merck. In this role, he is responsible for (1) gathering internal and external scientific and medical information to assist with decision-making at the highest levels; (2) collaborating across Merck to increase the voice of patients, directly and indirectly in decision-making; and (3) collaborating with key internal and external stakeholders to systematize the collection and incorporation of patient insights across the patient journey and product lifecycle.

Dr. Clark leads Merck’s Patient Insights Team, is co-leader of the team that champions Health Care Equities (including promotion of health literacy and research diversity) and chairs the Patient Engagement, Health Literacy & Clinical Trials Diversity Investigator Initiated Studies Research Committee.

Prior to joining Merck, Dr. Clark was Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center (SUNY Downstate) and founding Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded Brooklyn Health Disparities Research Center.

Dr. Clark earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and his Medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) and the American College of Physicians (FACP), and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Founders Affiliate of the American Heart Association. He is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in cardiovascular education, clinical investigation, cardiovascular disease prevention, and health equity. He has authored more than 100 publications and edited and was principal contributor to the textbook Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes (McGraw-Hill).

Dr. Clark has received numerous awards and honors, including the Harvard University Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Medicine.