Greg Daphnis, MPH

Scientific Program Manager

Greg Daphnis, MPH, is the Scientific Program Manager of the Innovation in Medical Evidence Development and Surveillance (IMEDS) program at the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA.  A transformational public-private partnership, IMEDS mobilizes data providers, drug manufacturers, researchers, and the FDA to accelerate research and answer critical patient safety and public health questions. As Program Manager, Mr. Daphnis provides organizational support to ensure the smooth functioning of day-to-day operations and program development. He also engages with leaders in government, the pharmaceutical industry, and health systems; identifies management improvements to enhance productivity; and leads the tracking, reporting, and communications around project deliverables. In addition, Mr. Daphnis manages relationships among diverse scientific and administrative partners from different sectors.

Mr. Daphnis is a health care professional with more than 17 years of progressively increasing experience managing U.S. Government-funded projects, ranging from studies specific to infectious disease to programs focused on meeting the health care needs of the elderly.

Mr. Daphnis has managed teams that included clinicians, measure developers, statisticians, and health researchers. Mr. Daphnis has monitored yearly budgets, allocated resources, and implemented corrective actions and budget risk mitigation plans for numerous complex projects. He has experience communicating within organizations with professionals such as government project officers, executives, and research scientists. Mr. Daphnis has also analyzed contract requirements to evaluate work processes, produced analytical reports, conducted oversight activities related to project management, contract administration, and program implementation.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Daphnis was a Project Manager for the Measures Management System (MMS), funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) at Battelle Memorial Institute. In this role, he managed the workflow for a team that included measure developers, health researchers, and external stakeholders involved in quality measure development. Mr. Daphnis gathered information from environmental scans and expert workgroups for the purpose of aligning measures and assessing measurement gaps, managed a dashboard information system that allowed MMS Task Leads to effectively and efficiently monitor the progress of all deliverables for this program, and trained the Task Leads to use the system to periodically check on the status of contract deliverables. He developed 508 Compliance Guidance for the MMS contract to ensure that all contractual deliverables submitted to CMS were compliant with Section 508.

Before working at the Battelle Memorial Institute, Mr. Daphnis was the Project Manager for the CMS funded PACE program at Econometrica. This program aims to help the elderly meet their health care needs in the community instead of in a nursing home or care facility. Mr. Daphnis conducted empirical review and data analysis to generate evidence in support of the business case to adapt existing measures for the PACE program; recruited and established working relationships with experts, participants, and stakeholders to gain insight on the areas of measurements relevant to the PACE program; served as the point of contact for communications between CMS personnel, members of the Econometrica team, and various PACE Stakeholders.

Previously, Mr. Daphnis was the Program Manager for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sponsored Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) program at America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). In this capacity, Mr. Daphnis conducted oversight activities related to project management, contract administration, and program implementation for a program that has contributed volumes of research studies to help increase public health knowledge of autism as a neurological disorder, and the risks and benefits of immunization.

Mr. Daphnis holds an MA degree in public health from Tulane University and a BA in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Florida.