MD Anderson Oncologist Stephen Hahn Is Trump’s First Choice For FDA Commissioner: Reports
Media reports say President Trump will nominate Stephen Hahn, an oncologist serving as chief medical executive of MD Anderson Cancer Center, as the next US FDA commissioner. This comes despite a group of former agency chiefs’ support for the current acting commissioner, Ned Sharpless, to permanently fill the spot.
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The White House has announced President Trump’s intent to nominate MD Anderson’s Stephen Hahn as the next FDA commissioner. The position has been held by acting commissioner Ned Sharpless for the past seven months. Admiral Brett Giroir will helm the agency on an acting basis until the new commissioner is confirmed.
US FDA Acting Commissioner Sharpless’ time in office may be rapidly running out. The Trump Administration appears ready to pick an outside candidate to run FDA, with MD Anderson’s Hahn now the apparent front-runner. A prominent Democratic Senator’s criticism of Sharpless and his response to vaping may be the final blow.
The Trump administration is seriously considering three candidates to become US Food and Drug Administration commissioner when the legally mandated 210-day term of acting commissioner Norman “Ned” Sharpless ends on 4 November.