Ellen F. Morrison, Assistant Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco Operations
Ms. Morrison is the assistant commissioner for medical products and tobacco operations (ACMPTO) in the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) leading a team that serves as focal point for coordination and management of ORA’s medical product and tobacco field activities.
Ms. Morrison received her B.A. in Biology from Regis College, and completed graduate work in Environmental Health at New York University; she has completed courses in Crisis Management Leadership and National Preparedness Leadership at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, and also attained a graduate certificate in Terrorism Studies from the University of St. Andrews.
In 2002, FDA named Ms. Morrison the Director of Emergency Operations, Office of Crisis Management, where she directed and coordinated FDA’s emergency preparedness and response activities with federal, state, local, and international agencies, becoming the first Director of the Office of Crisis Management in 2003. She returned to ORA first as acting in 2012 and then officially in 2013, as the Assistant Commissioner for Operations. In 2017, she took on the role of Assistant Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco Operations for ORA, providing leadership for and management of the program directors for biological products, bioresearch monitoring, medical devices and radiological health, and pharmaceutical quality operations.