Margaret Hamburg

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Margaret Hamburg
Margaret Hamburg official portrait.jpg
Commissioner of Food and Drugs
In office
May 22, 2009 – April 1, 2015
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Frank Torti (Acting)
Succeeded by Stephen Ostroff (Designate; Acting)
Personal details
Born (1955-07-12) July 12, 1955 (age 60)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Democratic
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 has announced her resignation as FDA Commissioner, effective in March 2015.[1]

in 2015

She was appointed the Board of Directors of Henry 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.[2][3] 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,[4] and was sworn in on May 22, 2009.[5] She has received numerous awards, among them the National Consumers League's Trumpeter Award in 2011[6] and the National Center for Health Research's 2011 Health Research Policy Hero Award.[7]

In 2014, she was listed as the 51st most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.[8]

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.[9]


  1. ^ FDA head Margaret Hamburg to resign in March; Ostroff to be acting chief (Washington Post article-February 5, 2015)
  2. ^ Harris, Gardiner (11 Mar 2009). "Ex-New York Health Commissioner Is F.D.A. Pick". Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "About". Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Gardiner Harris (11 March 2009). "Ex-New York Health Commissioner Is F.D.A. Pick". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-12. 
  5. ^ Gratzer, David (2009-05-21). "FDA commissioner". US FDA. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  6. ^ "2011 Trumpeter Recipient: Dr. Margaret Hamburg". Retrieved March 2015. 
  7. ^ "2011 Foremothers & Health Policy Hero Awards". National Research Center for Women & Families. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women". Forbes. Forbes. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  9. ^ 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
Commissioner of Food and Drugs
Succeeded by
Stephen Ostroff
Designate; Acting