Dr. Jenkins joined FDA as a medical officer in the Division of Oncology and Pulmonary Drug Products in 1992. He subsequently served as Pulmonary Medical Group Leader and Acting Division Director before being appointed as Director of the newly created Division of Pulmonary Drug Products in 1995. Dr. Jenkins became the Director of the Office of Drug Evaluation II in 1999 and served in that position until he was appointed to his current position in January 2002.
Dr. Jenkins received his undergraduate degree in biology from East Tennessee State University in 1979 and his medical degree from the University of Tennessee at Memphis in 1983. He completed his postgraduate medical training in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, and critical care medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia from 1983 until 1988.
Dr. Jenkins is Board Certified in internal medicine and pulmonary diseases by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Following completion of his medical training, Dr. Jenkins joined the faculty of MCV as an Assistant Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and as a Staff Physician at the McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond.