Commissioner, United States Food and Drug Administration
Dr. Robert M. Califf, Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration[/caption]Dr. Robert Califf, MD, MACC, was appointed Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration in February 2016. For the previous year, Dr. Califf served as the FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco where he provided executive leadership to the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, and the Center for Tobacco Products. He also oversaw the Office of Special Medical Programs and provided direction for cross-cutting clinical, scientific, and regulatory initiatives, including precision medicine, combination products, orphan drugs, pediatric therapeutics, and the advisory committee system. Prior to joining the FDA, Dr. Califf was a professor of medicine and vice chancellor for clinical and translational research at Duke University and served as director of the Duke Translational Medicine Institute and founding director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute. Dr. Califf is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and a fellowship in cardiology at Duke.