Dr. Harmony Garges leads as Chief Medical Officer at ViiV Healthcare with a deep knowledge and keen insight derived from her extensive clinical and pharmaceutical experience.
As Chief Medical Officer, Harmony is responsible for Regulatory, Safety, and Medical Affairs. An inspiring leader to her team of global HIV experts, she is well-versed in clinical and regulatory issues worldwide and is uniquely qualified to provide direction in support of ViiV’s global presence. Harmony’s customer-focused approach is foundational to her work and it extends to the strong relationships she’s forged with key HIV medical thought leaders worldwide.
Harmony has used her strong clinical background and diverse talents to build a career that spans many areas of focus. Her achievements include successes in clinical development, medical affairs, pharmacovigilance, and medical governance, and she is at ease addressing business strategy and medical, regulatory, clinical, safety, and consumer issues in the US and around the world. Harmony has honed her leadership skills and expertise through many roles at GSK, including project physician leader for multiple HIV and infectious disease clinical drug development programs, and later expanded her capabilities by spearheading safety strategy and governance for several large global clinical development programs. An accomplished senior leader, Harmony has held multiple Vice President roles for GSK. Notably, she was the Vice President of the Safety Evaluation and Risk Management Mature Products Group for GSK’s Global Clinical Safety and Pharmacovigilance department, a role in which she oversaw strategy and safety for over 800 pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare products marketed globally by GSK. In 2001, fueled by her passion for addressing viral hepatitis and health disparities, Toyin co-founded the CORE Hepatitis Clinic to improve patient outcomes. In concert with a multidisciplinary team, Toyin launched multiple initiatives that led to the clinic’s recognition as a model clinic within the health system. In addition, she established the CORE Healthy Aging Initiative (CHAI) to address the psychosocial needs of adults aging with HIV. With over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals, Toyin has contributed as a clinical researcher in the areas of HIV and aging, viral hepatitis, and health disparities. Actively involved in the Illinois “Getting to Zero” HIV plan (GTZ-IL), she is continuing to work with GTZ-IL toward a goal of achieving functional zero by 2030. As a board member and mentor for the I Am Abel Foundation, Toyin enjoys mentoring underrepresented minorities interested in a career in medicine.
Most recently, as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for GSK’s Consumer Healthcare division, Harmony was responsible for all aspects of product safety, medical governance, and medical strategy for GSK’s global consumer healthcare portfolio. She assumed her current role at ViiV Healthcare in early 2016.
Harmony retains her clinical focus by serving as Consulting Faculty and Associate Professor at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC, where she has provided independent specialty medical care and overseen junior medical staff in the Pediatric Infectious Diseases clinic since 2005. Harmony has a long association with Duke, earning an MD degree in 1998, finishing her residency in pediatrics in 2001, and completing post-doctoral fellowships in both pediatric infectious diseases and medical microbiology in 2005. Also in 2005, she obtained a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Harmony completed her undergraduate studies in chemistry at Colgate University in NY.
Harmony brings exemplary skills and insights to ViiV. She also makes sure to enjoy family time with her husband and two children. Her hobbies include running, SCUBA diving, and baking.