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The following header reflects the organizational hierarchy.

Department of Health and Human Services
Food and Drug Administration

The following is the Food and Drug Administration organizational structure depicting the organizational structures reporting to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs within the Office of the Commissioner. The Standard Administrative code (Alphanumeric sequence of characters beginning with the letter D) is represented in alphabetical order within the hierarchy of their office component from top to bottom and left to right.

Each organizational component will be depicted in the following standard format:

Title of organization.
Position title of the head of the organizational component.
Public Health Service rank if any, first name, middle initial if any, last name, post graduate degrees if any, and if the individual is designated as acting.

Office of the Commissioner
Commissioner of Food and Drugs
Norman E. Sharpless, MD (Acting)

Reports directly to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs
Principal Deputy Commissioner
Amy Abernethy, MD, PhD

Chief of Staff
Lauren Silvis, JD
(DCA)

Reports directly to the General Counsel of HHS, advises the Commissioner of Food and Drugs
Office of the Chief Counsel
Chief Counsel
Stacy Cline Amin
(DCAA)

Reports directly to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs
Office of the Executive Secretariat
Director
Martina H. Varnado
(DCAB)

Office of the Counselor to the Commissioner
Counselor to the Commissioner
Lowell J. Schiller, JD
(DCAC)

Reports directly to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs

Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research
Director
Peter W. Marks, MD, PhD
(DCB)

Center for Devices and Radiological Health
Director
Jeffrey Shuren, JD, MD
(DCC)

Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
Director
Janet Woodcock, MD
(DCD)

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Director
Susan T. Mayne, PhD
(DCE)

Center for Tobacco Products
Director
Mitchell Zeller, JD
(DCF)

Center for Veterinary Medicine
Director
Steven M. Solomon, DVM, MPH
(DCG)

Oncology Center of Excellence
Director
Richard Pazdur, MD
(DCH)

Office of Regulatory Affairs
Associate Commissioner
Melinda Plaisier
(DCI)

Reports directly to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs

Office of Clinical Policy & Programs
Director
Vacant
(DCJ)

Office of External Affairs
Associate Commissioner
Keagan Lenihan
(DCK)

Office of Food Policy & Response
Deputy Commissioner
Frank Yiannas
(DCL)

Reports directly to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs and indirectly reports to the Office of the Chief Scientist

Office of Minority Health & Health Equity
Director
CAPT Richardae Araojo, PharmD
(DCM)

Reports directly to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs

Office of Operations
Chief Operating Officer
James M. Sigg
(DCN)

Office of Policy, Legislation, International Affairs
Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Planning, Legislation, and Analysis
Anna Abram
(DCO)

Office of the Chief Scientist
Chief Scientist
RADM Denise Hinton

Reports directly to the Office of the Chief Scientist
National Center for Toxicological Research
Director
William Slikker, PhD
(DCP)


Reports directly to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs

Office of Women’s Health
Associate Commissioner
Vacant
(DCQ)

 

 

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