FDA Commissioner to ResignMonday, February 9, 2015
(North American Meat Institute)
Dr. Margaret Hamburg, who has served as commissioner of the FDA for almost six years, announced that she is stepping down. Dr. Stephen Ostroff, FDA's chief scientist, will fill Hamburg's position until a new commissioner is named. During her tenure, Hamburg has overseen public health initiatives ranging from tobacco control and food safety to personalized medicine, disease control and drug approvals. Under her leadership, FDA has also proposed measures to improve nutrition by limiting trans fats in food and requiring restaurants to post calorie counts on menus, while also confronting the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and increasing inspections of food and drug imports. Most recently, Hamburg served as the senior scientist at the Nuclear Threat Initiative and was previously the assistant secretary for policy and evaluation at HHS.