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Taking on Big Public Health Challenges: Tobacco and Obesity

Nov 18, 2014 04:30PM to 06:00PM

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David Aaron Kessler, M.D., former U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner; Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF School of Medicine

David Kessler, former U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner in both the G.H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations, will present a public lecture titled, “Taking on Big Public Health Challenges: Tobacco and Obesity,” at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Robertson Hall at the Woodrow Wilson School. Kessler is this year’s Gilbert Omenn '61 Lecturer in Science Policy, made possible by the Gilbert Omenn and Martha Darling fund. Dr. Kessler's two day visit is also made possible by the Dean’s Innovation, Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Initiative.  

Kessler is the former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (1990-1997). He was appointed by President G.H.W. Bush and reappointed by President Clinton. He has also served as the dean of the medical schools at Yale University and the University of California, San Francisco, where he is currently a professor of pediatrics and epidemiology and biostatistics.

Kessler has a wide range of experience in research, clinical medicine, education, administration and the law. He is a graduate of Amherst College, The University of Chicago Law School and Harvard Medical School. Kessler’s book, “A Question of Intent,” chronicles his tenure at the FDA and, in particular, the agency's battle against tobacco.

In addition, Kessler has published numerous articles in The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA and other major medical journals. His book, “The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite” was an instant New York Times bestseller.