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Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D. (M’67)

Former Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Location: Philodemic Room, Healy Hall, Georgetown University
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)

Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D.

A Philadelphia native, Dr. von Eschenbach attended the Georgetown University School of Medicine and served as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. After completing a residency in urologic surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, he was a urology instructor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed a fellowship in urologic oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. In 2006, Dr. von Eschenbach was named one of the Time 100, Time magazine’s list of the world’s most influential people. He was also named to Modern Healthcare’s 2007 and 2008 lists of the 50 most powerful physician executives in healthcare.

Dr. von Eschenbach was president-elect of the American Cancer society when President George W. Bush appointed him director of the National Cancer Institute. Four years later, he was appointed acting commissioner of Food and Drugs, and he immediately put forth an agenda to modernize the Food and Drug Administration. When he was confirmed by the Senate as commissioner in December 2006, Dr. von Eschenbach emphasized innovation by fostering creative projects, including the FDA’s Critical Path Initiative. Dr. von Eschenbach entered government service after an outstanding career over three decades as a physician, surgeon, oncologist and executive.

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