(March 15, 2006, Silver Spring, MD) -- President George W. Bush today announced his intention to nominate Andrew C. von Eschenbach, MD, to be Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. von Eschenbach has served as that agency’s acting commissioner since September 2005, concurrently with his position as director of the National Cancer Institute.
"Andy is an inspired choice to provide permanent leadership at this critical agency. His career has been defined by his vision for progress in research and passion for the care of patients — two qualities which will serve the agency and the American public well," said Health and Human Service Secretary Mike Leavitt in a press release (posted online at: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2006pres/20060315.html).
Earlier in his career, von Eschenbach served as Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He has previously served as Lieutenant Commander of the United States Navy Medical Corps. He received his bachelor's degree from St. Joseph's University and his MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine.