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Meet Stephen Ostroff, M.D., Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine

Stephen Ostroff, M.D., Chief Scientist

Stephen Ostroff, M.D., is the Food and Drug Administration's Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Ostroff oversees the food and animal health activities of FDA, including FDA's responsibilities in the areas of food safety and nutrition, food labeling, food and color additives, cosmetics, dietary supplements, animal drugs and animal feed, and research to support the food and veterinary medicine mission of FDA.

As Deputy Commissioner, he provides leadership and direction to FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and the foods-related programs of FDA’s inspection and compliance arm, the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA). His responsibilities include leading the implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011.

"Fulfilling our public health responsibility to the American people means having robust programs to assure the safety of the foods they consume, the health and nutritional value of those foods, and animal health," says Dr. Ostroff.

Previously Dr. Ostroff was the acting FDA Commissioner, serving from April 2015 to late February 2016.

Before being named acting commissioner, Dr. Ostroff served as the FDA's Chief Scientist since February 2014. 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.

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 the National Center for Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At CDC Dr. Ostroff focused on emerging infectious diseases, food safety, and coordination of complex outbreak response.  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 also the Director of the Bureau of Epidemiology and Acting Physician General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and has consulted internationally 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.

An interview with Dr. Stephen Ostroff


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