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      • According to the FDA, Kessler announced his intention to step down as the FDA head in 1996, citing a desire to return to private life. “He officially left his position on February 28, 1997. He was subsequently named dean of Yale medical school, a post which became effective in July 1997,” states his biography.
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  2. Harvard University ( MD) David Aaron Kessler (born May 13, 1951) is an American pediatrician, attorney, author, and administrator (both academic and governmental) serving as Chief Science Officer of the White House COVID-19 Response Team since 2021. Kessler was the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from November 8, 1990, to ...

  3. David A. Kessler, M.D. 11/8/1990 - 2/28/1997 *. Dr. David Kessler was born in New York in 1951. He graduated Amherst College in 1973, and then went on to earn a degree from Harvard Medical School ...

    • Specialized in Pediatrics
    • Named to Head FDA
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    Kessler's medical specialty was pediatrics. He served as an intern and resident in the Department of Pediatrics of the Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore. He was also a professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the Bronx, New York, teaching in the Department of Pediatrics, Epidemiology and Social Medicine. While medical director of the Albert EinsteinHospital he continued practicing his specialty, attending children regularly in the emergency rooms of the city's public hospitals. He was certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the National Board of Medical Examiners. In his administrative post at Albert Einstein Hospital he introduced a new emergency evaluation system; reorganized the medical service; opened new facilities for cancer, adult kidney dialysis, and blood donation; and expanded dialysis facilities for children. He introduced a training program for physician assistants that became a model for other teaching hospitals in the state and a qua...

    He was named to head the agency by President George Bush's administration in 1990. Before Kessler's assumption of the FDA commissionership, certification of the efficacy and safety of drugs and vitamin pills had been long and cumbersome. The agency had got entangled in allegations of fraud concerning generic drugs. It had been charged with ignoring dishonest labeling of food products such as orange juice and with the improper approval of potentially dangerous implants in breast surgery. Kessler moved quickly to restore public and industry confidence in the FDA's missions and operation. He reorganized the bureaucracy, borrowing personnel and practices from private industry. Congress approved Kessler's request to charge pharmaceutical houses $100,000 to evaluate each new drug and to provide funds to hire additional reviewers. The agency raised standards for the approval of new drugs and medical and surgical appliances. It rewrote and quickly reissued the vast array of rules governing...

    Additional material may be found in Kessler's own works, especially in such articles as "Addressing the Problem of Misleading Advertising" in Annals of Internal Medicine (June 1, 1992) and "Regulating the Prescribing of Human Drugs for Nonapproved Uses Under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act," Harvard Journal of Legislation (1978); in published speeches such as "Remarks by the Commissioner of Food and Drugs," in Food and Drug Cosmetic Law Journal (November 1991); and "Remarks Upon Taking the Oath of Office," in Journal of the Association of Food and Drug Officials (April 1991); and in his book, Caring for the Elderly: Reshaping Health Policy (1989); Business Week (October 25, 1993) reviews Kessler's work in "Getting the Lead Out at the FDA" by John Carey; Time magazine discusses" The Commish Under Fire," (January 8, 1996) and in "A Commish Many Will Miss" (Dec. 9, 1996); Kessler addresses his leaving the FDA in Newsweek"We've Fought the Good Fight" Dec. 9, 1996. □

  4. Nov 26, 1996 · Dr. David A. Kessler, the Commissioner of Food and Drugs who has fought for the regulation of tobacco, worked to standardize nutrition labeling and taken steps to speed the Federal drug approval ...

  5. Jan 15, 2021 · As part of that effort, Biden has picked Dr. David Kessler, a former head of the US Food and Drug Administration, to be the chief scientific officer of Covid response, Biden's presidential ...

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