publication date: Feb. 6, 2015

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to Step Down Next Month


FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg announced that she will be stepping down at the end of March 2015.

In an email to colleagues Feb. 5, Hamburg, 59, reflected on her six-year run in the top job at the agency, and called her decision to leave “not easy.”

“My tenure leading this agency has been the most rewarding of my career, and that is due in no small part to all of you,” she wrote.

Hamburg was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in 2009.

“As hard as it is to leave this agency, I am confident that the leadership team that we have in place will enable FDA to capitalize on, and improve upon, the significant advances we’ve made over the last few years,” Hamburg wrote. “Many of these leaders have been with the FDA throughout my tenure, and I am proud to say that we’ve recently made some wonderful new additions.

“And with respect to the agency’s senior leadership team, I am pleased that Dr. Stephen Ostroff has agreed to serve as acting commissioner when I step down. Since joining the agency in 2013, and most recently serving as FDA’s chief scientist, Dr. Ostroff has successfully overseen numerous significant initiatives, while helping to ensure that scientific rigor, excellence and innovation are infused across the agency. I have every confidence that he will take on this new role with the same energy, dedication and care.”

Last week, Robert Califf was named FDA Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco, a de facto No. 2 post at … Continue reading 41-05 FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to Step Down Next Month

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