Biden nominates Robert Califf, MD, as FDA head

Nov. 15, 2021

President Joe Biden has nominated Robert Califf, MD, a cardiologist, to be commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He brings nearly four decades of experience as a doctor, researcher, leader, and public servant, including previous service as FDA Commissioner from 2016-2017.

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,” Biden said in a statement.

Currently, Califf is Professor of Medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine, where he previously served as Vice Chancellor and founded the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He also works as Head of Clinical Policy at Verily Life Sciences, part of Alphabet, parent company of Google.

White House statement