Robert Califf MD

Former FDA Commissioner

Robert M. Califf, MD, MACC, is Vice Chancellor for Health Data Science and Director of Duke Forge, the Duke Center for Actionable Health Data Science, Donald Fortin, MD, Professor of Cardiology in the Duke School of Medicine, Chair of the Board of the People Centered Research Foundation, and an advisor for Verily Life Sciences. He served as FDA Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco from 2015-16, and as Commissioner of Food and Drugs from 2016-17. An expert in cardiovascular medicine, health outcomes research, healthcare quality, and clinical research, he is one of the most frequently cited authors in biomedical science. Dr. Califf is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, and was a member of the FDA Cardiorenal Advisory Panel and Science Board's Subcommittee on Science and Technology, and on advisory committees for the NIH.

He has led major initiatives aimed at improving methods and infrastructure for clinical research, including the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI). He also served as the PI for Duke's Clinical and Translational Science Award and the NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory coordinating center, and as co-PI of the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet). He currently serves as Chair of the Board of the People-Centered Research Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that is supporting and extending the work of PCORnet. Dr. Califf is a graduate of Duke School of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine at UCSF and a fellowship in cardiology at Duke.