Dr. Robert M. Califf

Dr. Robert M. Califf, a cardiologist, researcher, and founder of the Duke Clinical Research Institute, was confirmed by the Senate on February 24 as the next Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Administration by a wide margin. The Senate voted 89 to 4 in favor of placing Califf in the position, where he replaces former FDA commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, who stepped down in March 2015.

Califf joined the FDA a year ago after spending decades as a researcher and administrator at Duke University and has served as Deputy Commissioner of the FDA’s Office of Medical Products and Tobacco since January. He was nominated for the top post by President Obama last September.