About FDA

Deputy Commissioners

Assistant Chiefs

Willard D. Bigelow (1907-1913)
Assistant Chief

Robert L. Emerson (1913-1916)
Assistant Chief

Jones W. Parker (1916-1918)
Co-Assistant Chief w/Dr. Emerson

Walter G. Campbell (1918-1924)
Assistant Chief

W.W. Skinner, Sc.D. (1921-1926)
Assistant Chief

Paul B. Dunbar, Ph.D. (1927-1940)
Assistant Chief

Deputy Commissioners**

Paul B. Dunbar, Ph.D. (1941-1943)
Assistant Commissioner, 1941-1942
Associate Commissioner, 1943

Charles W. Crawford (1945-1951)
Assistant Commissioner, 1944-1945
Associate Commissioner, 1946-1948
Deputy Commissioner, 1949-51

George P. Larrick (1951-1954)
Deputy Commissioner

John L. Harvey (1954-1965)
Deputy Commissioner

Winton B. Rankin (1966-1969)
Deputy Commissioner

James D. Grant (1970-1971)
Deputy Commissioner

Sherwin Gardner (1972-1979)
Deputy Commissioner

Mark Novitch, M.D.(1979-1985)
Deputy Commissioner

John A. Norris, J.D. (1985-1988)
Deputy Commissioner

James A. Benson  (1989-1991)
Deputy Commissioner

Mary Pendergast, J.D. (1990-1998)
Deputy Commissioner/Senior Advisor to the Commissioner

Michael A. Friedman, M.D. (1997-1998)
Lead Deputy Commissioner

Bernard Schwetz, D.V.M., Ph.D. (2001 - 2002)
Principal Deputy Commissioner/Senior Advisor for Science 

Murray Lumpkin, M.D., M.Sc. (2005 -2014)
Deputy Commissioner for Office of International and Special Programs
Deputy Commissioner for Office of International Programs

Lester M. Crawford, D.V.M., Ph.D. (2002-2005)
Deputy Commissioner

Frank M. Torti, M.D., M.P.H. (2008-2009)
Principal Deputy Commissioner/Chief Scientist

Joshua Sharfstein, M.D. (2009–2011)
Principal Deputy Commissioner 

John M. Taylor, III, J.D. (2011-2014)
Acting Principal Deputy Commissioner

**Paul Dunbar and Charles Crawford functioned as Deputy Commissioners.

Deputy Commissioners for Policy

Michael R. Taylor, J.D. (1991-1994)
Deputy Commissioner for Policy

William Schultz (1995-1999)
Deputy Commissioner for Policy

Amit Sachdev, J.D. (2004 – 2005)
Acting Deputy Commissioner for Policy

Scott Gottlieb, M.D. (2005-2007)
Deputy Commissioner for Policy 

Randall Lutter, Ph.D. (2007 – 2010)
Acting Deputy Commissioner for Policy 

David H. Dorsey, J.D. (2010 – 2012)
Acting Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Planning, and Budget 

Sally A. Howard (2013-2015)
Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Planning, and Budget

Jeremy B. Sharp (2015-Present)
Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Planning, and Budget

Deputy Commissioners for External Affairs

Carol Scheman (1991-1994)
Deputy Commissioner for External Affairs

Sharon Smith Holston (1994-2001)
Deputy Commissioner for International and Constituent Relations

Deputy Commissioners for Operations

Jane Henney, M.D. (1991-1994)
Deputy Commissioner for Operations

Linda Suydam, D.P.A. (1994-1995)
Interim Deputy Commissioner for Operations

Michael A. Friedman, M.D. (1995-1999)
Deputy Commissioner for Operations 

 

Janet Woodcock, M.D. (2005 – 2007)
Deputy Commissioner for Operations and Chief Operating Officer (COO)

John Dyer, MPH (2007–2009)
Deputy Commissioner for Operations and Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Russell Abbott (2010-2011)
Deputy Commissioner, Office for Administration and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) 

Jim Sigg (2010-2012)
Acting Deputy Commissioner for Operations and Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Curtis L. Coy (2011-2011)
Acting Deputy Commissioner, Office for Administration and Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Caroline Lewis (2011-2011)
Acting Deputy Commissioner, Office for Administration and Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Walter Harris, M.B.A., P.M.P. (2012-Present)
Deputy Commissioner for Operations and Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Deputy Commissioners for Management & Systems

Mary Jo Veverka (1994-1995)
Deputy Commissioner, OMS

Robert J. Byrd (1997-2001)
Deputy Commissioner, OMS

Deputy Commissioner for Medical and Scientific Affairs

Scott Gottlieb, M.D. (2005 – 2007)
Deputy Commissioner for Medical & Scientific Affairs

Deputy Commissioners for Foods and Veterinary Medicine

Michael R. Taylor, J.D. (2010 – Present)
Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine

Stephen Ostroff, M.D. (2016 – Present)
Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine

Deputy Commissioner for Science and Public Health

Jesse L. Goodman, M.D., M.P.H. (2009–2012)

Deputy Commissioners for Medical Products and Tobacco

Stephen P. Spielberg, M.D., Ph.D. (2011–2013)
Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products

Leona Brenner-Gati, M.D. (2013)
Acting Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco

Robert M. Califf, M.D. (2015-2016)
Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco

Rachel Sherman, M.D., M.P.H. (2016-Present)
Associate Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco

Deputy Commissioners for Global Regulatory Operations and Policy

Deborah Autor (2011 – 2013)
Deputy Commissioner for Global Regulatory Operations and Policy

Howard Sklamberg (1/2014 – Present)
Deputy Commissioner for Global Regulatory Operations and Policy

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