Robert M. Califf, M.D., is Vice Chancellor for Health Data Science and the Donald F. Fortin, M.D. Professor of Cardiology at Duke University and Scientific Advisor at Verily Life Sciences. He was Commissioner of Food and Drug for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2016-2017. As the top official of the FDA, Dr. Califf was committed to strengthening programs and policies that enabled the agency to carry out its mission to protect and promote the public health.
Previously he served as the FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco. In that role he provided executive leadership to the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, and Center for Tobacco Products. He also oversaw the Office of Special Medical Programs and provided direction for cross-cutting clinical, scientific and regulatory initiatives, including personalized medicine, orphan drugs, pediatric science, and the advisory committee system.
He attended Duke University both as an undergraduate and for medical school, completing his residency at University of California, San Francisco, before returning to Duke for a cardiology fellowship. Dr. Califf served as the Donald F. Fortin, M.D., Professor of Cardiology at Duke and, most recently, Vice Chancellor for Clinical and Translational Research. An international leader in cardiovascular medicine, health outcomes, healthcare quality and medical economics, he is recognized by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the top 10 most cited medical authors, with more than 1,200 peer-reviewed publications.
Dr. Califf co-chaired the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative, a public-private partnership co-founded by Duke and the FDA to identify and promote practices that will increase the quality and efficiency of clinical trials. He also served as co-principal investigator of Duke’s Clinical and Translational Science Award, funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences; principal investigator for the coordinating center of the NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory, a Common Fund program that develops, tests and disseminates innovative methodologies for pragmatic clinical research; and coprincipal investigator for the Baseline Study, a collaboration among Duke University, Stanford University, and Google that seeks new understandings of states of health and disease in humans.
Program Update | All of Us Marks One Year
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As the All of Us Research Program marks one year since its national launch, former Director Eric Dishman shares an update and previews what’s coming next for the program. This includes an update on the size and diversity of the health database that All of Us is building for researchers to speed up medical breakthroughs. Eric also announces the launch of the All of Us Research Program’s public Data Browser, which will be a valuable interactive tool for both participants and researchers. Stay tuned for more exciting updates from All of Us by following us on social media and signing up for our newsletter at JoinAllofUs.org .