Margaret Hamburg

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Margaret Hamburg
Margaret Hamburg official portrait.jpg
Commissioner of Food and Drugs
Incumbent
Assumed office
May 22, 2009
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Frank Torti (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1955-07-12) July 12, 1955 (age 58)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Peter Fitzhugh Brown
Children 2
Alma mater Harvard University

Margaret Ann Hamburg (born July 12, 1955, Chicago, Illinois) is an American physician and medical/public health administrator. She has served as Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since May, 2009.

She was appointed the Board of Directors of Harry Schein Associates, the largest provider of healthcare products and services to office-based practitioners in the combined North American and European markets, on November 3, 2003 She served on the board from 2003 until she was confirmed as Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on May 18, 2009. She has served as Vice President for Biological Programs, Nuclear Threat Initiative, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She was nominated in March 2009 by President Barack Obama to become the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration,[1] and was sworn in on May 22, 2009.[2] She has received numerous awards, among them the National Consumers League's Trumpeter Award in 2011[3] and the National Research Center for Women and Families' 2011 Health Research Policy Hero Award.[4]

Margaret Hamburg is the daughter of Beatrix Hamburg and David A. Hamburg, both physicians. Her mother was the first African-American woman to attend Vassar College and to earn a degree from the Yale University School of Medicine (which had previously excluded black students). Her father, of Jewish descent, had a career in academic medicine and mental illness research, public policy, and philanthropic leadership. He was the president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. She is married to artificial intelligence researcher Peter Fitzhugh Brown, with whom she has two children.[5]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Gardiner Harris (11 March 2009). "Ex-New York Health Commissioner Is F.D.A. Pick". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-12. 
  2. ^ Gratzer, David (2009-05-21). "FDA commissioner". US FDA. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  3. ^ "2011 Trumpeter Recipient: Dr. Margaret Hamburg". National Consumber's League. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "2011 Foremothers & Health Policy Hero Awards". National Research Center for Women & Families. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Office of Research on Women's Health (25 March 2004). "Dr. Margaret Hamburg". Changing the Face of Medicine. National Institutes of Health. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Torti
Acting
Commissioner of Food and Drugs
2009–present
Incumbent