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AAMC Statement on the Nomination of Robert M. Califf, MD as FDA Commissioner

November 12, 2021

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MEDIA CONTACTS
Brooke Bergen, Director, Public Relations & Member Communications

AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, and Chief Scientific Officer Ross McKinney Jr., MD, issued the following statement regarding President Biden’s nomination of Robert M. Califf, MD, to be the next commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA):  

“The AAMC commends President Biden on his decision to nominate Robert M. Califf, MD, as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Califf has proven his commitment to working for the public good, and his previous experience at the  FDA as commissioner and as deputy commissioner of the Office of Medical Products and Tobacco will be vital as he leads an agency that has and will continue to play a crucial role in the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Dr. Califf’s background as a cardiologist, vice chancellor for clinical and translational research at Duke University, director of the Duke Translational Medicine Institute, and founding director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute make him uniquely qualified to oversee the FDA and advise the administration on issues related to the pandemic and other health challenges facing the nation. 

The AAMC and the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals are proud to have worked with the FDA on COVID testing and vaccine development, among other issues, and we look forward to working with Dr. Califf and everyone at the FDA to improve the health of people everywhere.” 

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The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) is a nonprofit association dedicated to transforming health through medical education, health care, medical research, and community collaborations. Its members are all 155 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 400 teaching hospitals and health systems, including Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 70 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC leads and serves America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and the millions of individuals employed across academic medicine, including more than 186,000 full-time faculty members, 94,000 medical students, 145,000 resident physicians, and 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences.