Just moments ago, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Dr. Robert Califf’s nomination to serve as the new commissioner of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Califf is replacing Dr. Stephen Ostroff who served as acting commissioner since Dr. Margaret Hamburg stepped down in March of 2015. Dr. Califf was nominated by President Barack Obama for the post and a nomination hearing was held by the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee on November 17.
Dr. Califf is a cardiologist and clinical trial expert from Duke University and his nomination was supported by medical groups like the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.
Dr. Califf was confirmed by an 89-4 vote. To read more about Dr. Califf's confirmation, please see this report in The Washington Post.