Tune into Facebook Live at 12:15 p.m. Friday to hear FDA Commissioner Califf


Robert Califf, M.D., M.A.C.C.

FDA Commissioner Robert Califf will speak and take questions on Friday, April 29 at 12:15 p.m. CST, at AHCJ’s annual conference in Austin. His appearance will be streamed live on AHCJ’s Facebook page.

Califf will talk about the health threat posed by misinformation and disinformation, lessons from the pandemic, e-cigarettes, pain management without addiction, and the pressures on the drug approval process, among other topics. His remarks will be followed by a question-and-answer session moderated by Kerry Dooley Young, AHCJ’s core topic leader on patient safety.

Califf, who was confirmed earlier this year as the 25th commissioner of the FDA, served as the agency’s commissioner at the end of the Obama administration. Dooley Young says Califf returned to the FDA at a critical time.

“Congress is in the midst of work on a new set of FDA user-free laws, which gives lawmakers a chance to try to shape agency policy,” she said.

“Califf is facing demands from members of Congress to both speed new drugs to market and to step up the pace of the research used to confirm benefits in cases of conditional approvals granted on promising, but limited evidence.”

Califf has had an extensive career as a physician, researcher, and leader in science and medicine and is a nationally recognized expert in cardiovascular medicine, health outcomes research, health care quality, and clinical research. He is also a leader in the growing field of translational research, which is key to ensuring that advances in science translate into medical care.

To watch Califf’s speech online, visit AHCJ’s Facebook page at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, April 29.

Stay tuned on social media and our conference app, Whova, for more important updates and details.

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