FDA names cardiologist to senior leadership position

January 26, 2015 8:38 PM

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(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday named Dr. Robert Califf, a cardiologist and researcher, to oversee its drug, medical device and tobacco policy, in what experts said is a coup for the FDA.

Califf was named as deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco, the most senior medical products position at the agency after the commissioner and one that has been empty for nearly two years.

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