Foreign Secretary, Institute of Medicine; Former Commissioner, US Food and Drug Administration
Margaret A. Hamburg is the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, where she served from 2009 to 2015, and currently the foreign secretary of the Institute of Medicine or the National Academy of Sciences. Before joining FDA, Hamburg was a vice president and senior scientist at the Nuclear Threat Initiative. She served as assistant secretary for planning and evaluation in the US Department of Health and Human Services under President Clinton. As New York City’s Health Commissioner in the 1990s, she launched the nation’s first public health bioterrorism preparedness program and an internationally recognized program to curtail the resurgence and spread of TB.