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Margaret Hamburg, MD Biography

Former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
None Found to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

No position found as of Aug. 24, 2010

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Physicians [Physicians are the "key experts" in the medical marijuana debate because the issue is thought by many to be ultimately based on the medical value and risks of marijuana, and Physicians, with their training and clinical work, should (at least in theory) have the best knowledge of marijuana's medical value and risks.] [Note: Key Experts definition varies by sites that have this designation.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 21st Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), May 18, 2009-2015
  • Distinguished Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Member, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science, 1994-present
  • Vice President and Senior Scientist, biological programs, Nuclear Threat Initiative, 2001-2009
  • Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 1997-2001
  • New York City Health Commissioner, 1991-1997
  • Deputy Health Commissioner, New York City, 1990-1991

  • Assistant Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health (NIH), 1989-1990
  • Special Assistant to the Director, US Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 1986-1988
  • Researcher, neuroscience, Rockefeller University in New York, 1985-1986
  • Member, CIA Intelligence Science Board, Council on Foreign Relations, American Society for Microbiology, Forward Together PAC, and New York Academy of Medicine
  • Trustee, The Century Foundation, Doctors of the World, Rockefeller Foundation, and Trust for America’s Health
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science and American College of Physicians
  • MD, Harvard Medical School, 1983
  • BA, magna cum laude, Radcliffe College, 1978
  • The first New York City health commissioner to give birth while in office, so her children’s birth certificates bear her name in two places: as their mother and as health commissioner.