Robert Califf
Robert Califf
FDA

Biden Announces Intent to Nominate Robert Califf to Lead FDA

Califf brings nearly four decades of experience as a doctor, researcher, leader and public servant, including previous service as FDA commissioner from 2016-2017.

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November 15, 2021

FDA

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Joe Biden last week announced his intent to nominate Dr. Robert Califf for Commissioner of Food and Drugs and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Currently a professor of medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine, Califf brings nearly four decades of experience as a doctor, researcher, leader, and public servant, including previous service as FDA Commissioner from 2016-2017. He previously served as vice chancellor at Duke and founded the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He also works as head of clinical policy at Verily Life Sciences, a life sciences research organization. Califf has led many landmark clinical trials and is one of the most frequently cited authors in biomedical science, with more than 1,200 publications in the peer-reviewed literature.

"I first want to thank Dr. Janet Woodcock for her leadership over the last year. She has done an incredible job leading the agency during what has been a busy and challenging time, and both she and the FDA career staff have worked hard and followed the science to ensure the American public can trust the decisions being made by the FDA," Biden said. "Dr. Robert Califf is one of the most experienced clinical trialists in the country, and has the experience and expertise to lead the Food and Drug Administration during a critical time in our nation’s fight to put an end to the coronavirus pandemic. As the FDA considers many consequential decisions around vaccine approvals and more, it is mission critical that we have a steady, independent hand to guide the FDA. I am confident Dr. Califf will ensure that the FDA continues its science and data driven decision-making. Dr. Califf had strong bipartisan support in the Senate in 2016, and I urge the Senate to swiftly confirm Dr. Califf so he can continue the important work being done at this critical moment."