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Association of Black Cardiologists

Cardiologist Robert Califf Becomes New Commissioner of the FDA

Dr. CaliffToday the U.S. Senate voted in support of the confirmation of Dr. Robert Califf, M.D. to be Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Five months after President Obama first nominated him, the Senate voted 89 to 4 in favor of confirming Califf, 64, a cardiologist and clinical researcher who has served as Deputy Commissioner of the agency’s Office of Medical Products and Tobacco since January 2015.

Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Ostroff stated, "Dr. Califf has demonstrated a long and deep commitment to advancing the public health throughout his distinguished career as a physician, researcher, and leader in the fields of science and medicine.  He understands well the critical role that the FDA plays in responding to the changes in our society while protecting and promoting the health of the public, across the many areas we regulate – and I am confident that our public health and scientific contributions will further grow under his exceptional leadership."

In response to the FDA announcement, ABC President Icilma Fergus, MD, FACC said, “Dr. Califf is known as a world leader in the field of Cardiology and specifically in terms of research in emerging areas of cardiovascular disease.  We are convinced he will be a thoughtful and positive advocate in the effective evaluation and utilization of food, drugs and devices for all populations.”

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