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The Office of Public Health Practice & Training

December 2013

Leveraging Science to Keep America Safe

Margaret HamburgAs the 21st commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Margaret A. Hamburg, MD, is committed to strengthening programs and policies that protect and promote public health. Hamburg is an experienced medical doctor, scientist, and public health executive who has served as the top official for the FDA since 2009. She is the second woman to be nominated for this position and works to protect the safety of the nation’s food supply, medical products and other public health threats.

Prior to becoming commissioner, Hamburg served as the senior scientist at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, the assistant secretary for policy and evaluation with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. During her time as the New York City Health Commissioner, Hamburg was widely credited with improving services for women and children, promoting needle-exchange programs to reduce the spread of HIV, and initiating the nation’s first public health bioterrorism defense program.

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