Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco; Former Commissioner, US Food and Drug Administration; Author, Capture: Unraveling the Mystery of Mental Suffering
David Kessler is a professor of pediatrics and epidemiology and biostatistics at University of California, San Francisco. He served as commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration under presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, from 1990 to 1997. After leaving the FDA, Kessler became dean of the Yale School of Medicine from 1997 to 2003 and dean and vice chancellor at UCSF Medical School, from 2003 to 2007. Kessler is the author of the best-selling books Capture: Unraveling the Mystery of Mental Suffering, The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, and A Question of Intent: A Great American Battle with a Deadly Industry.