Jill Cantelmo

PhD, MSc


Bernardsville , NJ

Attention is the rarest and purist form of generosity."- Simone Weil

Areas of Expertise

  • Payer and health system strategy
  • Customer-tailored articulation of complex scientific concepts
  • Value framework, message, and story development
  • Field tool innovation for delivering compelling clinical, HEOR, and real-world data to population health decision-makers and HCPs


Jill Cantelmo is an Oxford-educated leader in Medical Affairs with more than 18 years of experience with US and Global payer and scientific strategy.  Throughout her career, she has guided teams on appropriate payer and managed market communication, positioning, and medical education materials. Jill spent over a decade working in payer marketing where she developed an extensive understanding of the evolving healthcare landscape, health policy, and the importance of HEOR data for creating a comprehensive value story for products in all stages of development. Jill helped to create the Global HEOR Publications and Content group at Bristol-Myers Squibb, where she increased the speed at which key publications were completed, enhanced field medical resources, and helped to educate global providers about HEOR principles and data. At Allergan, Jill focused her efforts on supporting provider and payer MSL field teams by developing impactful resources about migraine and the Allergan migraine portfolio to help engage providers, payers, and patient audiences. At AESARA, Jill has focused on delivering scientific, economic, and outcomes data to internal and customer audiences using innovative approaches to educate on product value and differentiation. Jill earned her MSc in Human Biology and PhD in Clinical Genetics, both at Oxford University, where she developed a passion for understanding the various determinants of human health and disease. In her career, she has combined this passion with her ability to adeptly leverage complex scientific data in educational tools and initiatives that effectively communicate unmet needs as well as product clinical and economic value.

Key accomplishments

  • Leading and growing teams of scientific communication professionals at various organizations within the healthcare industry
  • Collaborating with leaders in HEOR and RWE to help educate payers and providers on the utility and value of data outside of RCTs
  • Supporting clients within the healthcare industry to ensure patients with high unmet need have access to life changing therapeutics

Key publications

  • Cantelmo J, Stefanacci R, Gordon Impact of Quality of Life on Clinical Pathways.
    Journal of Clinical Pathways. July 2016.
  • Stefanacci Cantelmo J. Preserving Medicare through a quality focus. Howard MF, Rockwood K, Woodhouse K. Brocklehurst Textbook of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology. 8th edition; 2015.
  • Stefanacci Cantelmo J. Managed care for older Americans. Howard MF, Rockwood K, Woodhouse K. Brocklehurst Textbook of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology. 8th edition; 2015.
  • Genuneit J, Cantelmo JL, Weinmayr G, et A multi-centre study of candidate genes for wheeze and allergy: the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood Phase 2.
    Clin Exp Allergy. 2009 Dec;39(12):1875-88.


  • DPhil, Oxford University – Clinical Genetics

  • MSc, Oxford University – Human Biology

  • BS, SUNY Albany – Interdisciplinary Human Biology

My letter

In math and science, the Greek letter delta denotes change. Curiosity about human evolution—cumulative change in the characteristics of human populations over many generations—is what led me to study human biology at Oxford. The focus of my graduate work became understanding the ways that a changing environment (societal shifts from living in small nomadic hunting and gathering groups to larger, more permanent communities) has interacted with our genomes to produce different patterns of disease at different times, in different geographies. I have applied my passion for this topic throughout my career by helping to educate population decision-makers about different diseases and the value of various interventions for improving human health. Over time I have realized that in all aspects of life on this planet, change is actually a constant. As the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus observed, no one ever steps into the same river twice, for it is not the same river and they are not the same person. I have become fascinated by how people interpret this concept of change in their lives—the fear of the unknown, the notion of endless possibilities, appreciation for the uniqueness of each moment in time. What does it mean to you?  

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