According to the Associated Press, President Barack Obama intends to name former New York City Health Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to lead the troubled Food and Drug Administration. To read the article, click here.
The AP reports that the announcement was imminent.
Hamburg, 53, is a well-known bioterrorism expert who served as an assistant health secretary during the Clinton administration and helped lay the groundwork for much of the government’s bioterrorism preparations and pandemic flu planning.
But she may be best known as the chief health officer of the nation’s largest city during the early 1990s, when she designed a program that cut high rates of drug-resistant tuberculosis, supported needle-exchange to cut the spread of the AIDS virus and helped introduce smoking restrictions.
To read Hamburg’s NIH bio, click here.