Live Oak —
Suwannee County native Edress Darsey, PharmD, was recently named the Global Pediatric Medical Director for Pfizer Pediatric Center of Excellence, according to Pfizer officials. In this new role, Darsey will work to provide consumer-focused pediatric expertise across Pfizer and work with pediatric centers across the US to improve research and the health of children across the world.
Darsey was born in Valdosta, Ga. to Ira and Claydell Horne and was raised on the family farm just five miles outside of Live Oak with one sister, Edna Moore.
“I grew up on my parent's farm in Live Oak,” Darsey said. “My Mom taught nursing at Lake City Community College and my Dad was a realtor and full-time land owner and farmer.”
“As a child, I came home from school every afternoon and helped my dad feed the cows. During the summer, I also helped around the farm,” she said. “Working on the farm with my Dad, helped me to develop a strong work ethic that prepared me for working hard in college and my professional career.”
Darsey later graduated from Suwannee High School in 1982.
“I enjoyed attending Suwannee High School where I had great teachers like Betsy Burch and Connie Cannon,” she said.
She then began her collegiate career while continuing to work at the veterinarian clinic. It was then her passion for the medical field was discovered which changed the direction of her life.
“Around age 12, I started working for Dr. Donald Burch at Burch Animal Hospital. My dream was to become a veterinarian. I continued to work with Dr. Burch every Saturday until my third year of college when I decided to change career paths and pursue pharmacy,” she said.
Darsey followed in her mother’s footsteps and joined the medical field. Her mother’s passion for helping others was very influential in her life.