The Senate has confirmed the President’s nomination of Lester Crawford, D.V.M., Ph.D. to be the new FDA Commissioner. Dr. Crawford has been acting commissioner since March 2004, when then-commissioner Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D. was appointed Administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Dr. Crawford is known as a food safety expert; he is also a veterinarian with a Ph.D. in pharmacology. Dr. McClellan is a respected health economist; he is a physician with a Ph.D. in economics. I doubt somehow that this will put to rest accusations that the Bush administration is a bunch of uneducated idiots, but it should.
(Trivia: Mark McClellan is a brother of White House spokesman Scott McClellan, and both are sons of Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, who was also the first woman mayor of Austin and is now running for governor. There’s a fascinating story about her here.)