Former US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg has been appointed as the next foreign secretary of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences. In this part-time position, Hamburg will serve as a senior adviser on international matters to the IOM president and council and as liaison to foreign academies of medicine and science. Her term, began on April 6, 2015 and is effective through June 30, 2019. She follows in the service over the past eight and a half years in this role of Jo Ivey Boufford, president of the New York Academy of Medicine.
Hamburg was appointed commissioner of the FDA in May 2009 and left that post at the end of March 2015. Her past rolesalso included senior scientist at the Nuclear Threat Initiative; Assistant Secretary for policy and evaluation in the US Department of Health and Human Services; and Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Established in 1970 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) provides independent, objective, evidence-based advice to policymakers, health professionals, the private sector, and the public.
Source: Institute of Medicine