Dr. Robert Califf
President Joe Biden is about to meet former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf, to be nominated again to head the agency, reported the Washington Post on Thursday.
Appointed by Obama, Califf headed the FDA from February 2016 to February 2017 after a year as the agency’s deputy commissioner for medical devices and tobacco, according to the agency’s website. His nomination would mark the end of a nine month search for a permanent replacement for acting Commissioner Dr. Mark Janet Woodcock, who took over the agency on an interim basis in January.
Biden has to nominate Woodcock or choose another full-time commissioner by mid-November, the Post reported. A White House official told the Washington Post that Biden had not yet made his selections, while Califf refused to comment.
Prior to joining the FDA, Califf was Duke University’s vice chancellor for clinical and translational research, according to the agency’s website. A cardiologist and a graduate of the university’s medical school, he directed Duke’s Translational Medicine Institute and founded the Duke Clinical Research Institute, the FDA said.
Read more about Califf’s potential nomination in the Washington Post.