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Meet Stephen Ostroff, M.D., Chief Scientist

Stephen Ostroff, M.D., Chief Scientist

Dr. Stephen Ostroff, M.D., is FDA's Chief Scientist. In this capacity, he is responsible for leading and coordinating FDA's cross-cutting scientific and public health efforts.

The Office of the Chief Scientist works closely with FDA’s product centers, providing strategic leadership and support for FDA’s regulatory science and innovation initiatives. 

These initiatives include the Advancing Regulatory Science Initiative, the Critical Path Initiative, scientific professional development, scientific integrity, and the Medical Countermeasure initiative (MCMi). MCMi works to enhance preparedness for terrorism and emerging infectious disease threats in support of the U.S. Government’s Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasure Enterprise.

Dr. Ostroff joined FDA in 2013 as Chief Medical Officer in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and Senior Public Health Advisor to FDA’s Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine.

Prior to that he served as Deputy Director of National Center for Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he was also Acting Director of CDC’s Select Agent Program. He retired from the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service at the rank of Rear Admiral (Assistant Surgeon General). 

Dr. Ostroff was the Director of the Bureau of Epidemiology and Acting Physician General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and has consulted for the World Bank on public health projects in South Asia and Latin America.

Dr. Ostroff graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1981 and completed residencies in internal medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and preventive medicine at CDC. 

He is a fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America and the American College of Physicians, and currently chairs the Public Health Committee of the American Society for Microbiology’s Public and Scientific Affairs Board.

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