Speaker Profile

M.D., FDA Commissioner

Margaret Hamburg is in charge of protecting the nation’s health, and many of the policies passed in the U.S. have global reverb. Most recently, the FDA has been trying to regulate e-cigarettes and announced the government’s tobacco authority will monitor the electronic devices. Hamburg also named pipe tobacco, nicotine gels and water pipes as other products subject to oversight. The FDA has also been debating putting calorie counts on the menus of chain restaurants and establishments. Before joining the FDA in 2009, Hamburg was a senior scientist at the Nuclear Threat Initiative and assistant secretary for policy and evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Hamburg graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed her residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

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