People

MD Anderson’s Stephen Hahn, M.D., nominated by President Trump to lead the FDA

Next steps: A confirmation hearing and Senate approval


Stephen Hahn, M.D. Stephen Hahn, M.D., was confirmed on Dec. 12, 2019 to lead the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
By Maggie Galehouse | November 4, 2019

MD Anderson’s Stephen Hahn, M.D., has been nominated by President Trump to lead the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Trump made the formal nomination on Friday, November 1.

If the Senate approves his appointment, Hahn will take over from acting FDA commissioner Norman “Ned” Sharpless, M.D., who has served since April, after Scott Gottlieb, M.D., resigned.

Hahn, 59, is currently chief medical executive at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, a position he has held since 2018. An oncologist who specializes in treating lung cancer and sarcoma, Hahn joined MD Anderson in 2015 as division head, department chair and professor of radiation oncology. Before that, he worked in his hometown of Philadelphia as chair of the radiation oncology department in the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine from 2005 to 2014.

Hahn’s research targets the molecular causes of the tumor microenvironment, particularly the study of chemical signals that go awry (aberrant signal transduction pathways) and the evaluation of proton therapy as a way to improve the efficiency of radiation therapy.

Hahn was no stranger to Houston when he arrived four years ago. He received his undergraduate degree in biology from Rice University in 1980 and then returned to Philadelphia to attend medical school at Temple University. His postgraduate training included a clinical residency and fellowship at the National Cancer Institute.

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, regulates foods, drugs, biologics (vaccines, blood, blood products and more), medical devices, electronic products that give off radiation (such as X-ray equipment, microwave ovens and laser products), cosmetics, veterinary products and tobacco products.

Recent high-profile issues for the FDA include the rise in illnesses and deaths related to vaping products with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and the spike in measles cases in the U.S.—more than 1,200 so far this year, the greatest number of cases reported since 2000.

After a confirmation hearing, the Senate will vote on Hahn’s appointment.




Social Posts

profile_image

Veterans Affairs

@DeptVetAffairs

Community Invited to “National Salute to Veterans” Week https://t.co/HhS2eHVLFh via @JCPress

6 hours ago
profile_image

Texas Children's

@TexasChildrens

RT @RepPeteOlson: Look out @taralipinski — Fort Bend County is home to another ice skating superstar! Kaylee Tolleson was diagnosed with ov…

7 hours ago
profile_image

MD Anderson Cancer Center

@MDAndersonNews

When talking to kids about #cancer, honest, age-appropriate communication is best.MD Anderson social work counselor Shelby Becka shares ways to help children of any age understand a new diagnosis: https://t.co/IQnU1Ehfu8 #endcancer

8 hours ago
profile_image

Veterans Affairs

@DeptVetAffairs

New program offers Veterans a virtual alternative to traditional health visits https://t.co/cvZPWMhofx via @tmj4

8 hours ago
profile_image

BCMHouston

@bcmhouston

From allergies to vaccines and many things in between, find out how you can volunteer for our clinical trials. https://t.co/3ulBSYdEhZ #clinicaltrials https://t.co/CCn78SCXqY

9 hours ago
profile_image

MD Anderson Cancer Center

@MDAndersonNews

How proper nutrition, exercise and staying hydrated helped Bob Ruzensky stay healthy during treatment for B-cell #lymphoma. #CancerMoonshot #endcancer https://t.co/ncaih6ftdp

9 hours ago
profile_image

MD Anderson Cancer Center

@MDAndersonNews

@bethibod @MDABrainSpine We’re sending good vibes your way, Elizabeth.

10 hours ago
profile_image

Veterans Affairs

@DeptVetAffairs

What does the VA's Home Loan Program, Office of Faith and Opportunity, Assistive Technology Program, Vet Centers, AMO, and diabetes programs have in common? They were all featured in 2019 as benefits breakdown episodes on #BtBattle. Click and listen!https://t.co/4bupJoYV2b

10 hours ago
profile_image

University of Houston

@UHouston

RT @UHCougarMBK: Coogs move up to No 21 in this week's Power 36#ForTheCity #GoCoogs https://t.co/7ttOPNwfCQ

11 hours ago
profile_image

University of Houston

@UHouston

RT @UHCoogTV: Calling all those interested in making short films, sketches or movie reviews!!!Entertainment branch General meeting TONIGH…

11 hours ago
profile_image

University of Houston

@UHouston

RT @uhkgm_arts: Congrats to our #ForeverCoog #Grammy winners @lizzobeeating, @PreisserGabriel, and Cecilia Duarte! 🙌👏 Ya’ll make us proud!…

11 hours ago
profile_image

Rice University

@RiceUniversity

RT @RiceUNews: Researchers at @RiceUniversity report today in @Nature that they can zap virtually any source of solid #carbon, from food sc…

12 hours ago
profile_image

BCMHouston

@bcmhouston

If you are in the market for hearing aids, Dr. Laura Schadt with the Center for Hearing and Balance at Baylor College of Medicine shares some things to keep in mind. https://t.co/fWLu7W4a7I #hearing #audiology

13 hours ago
profile_image

Texas Children's

@TexasChildrens

In honor of #WorldBreastPumpingDay, Dr. Nancy Hurst, Director of Women's Support Services at #TexasChildrens Pavilion for Women, shares more on how to decide if breast pumping is right for you: https://t.co/pNTYzwzdno https://t.co/3YaFZ6tWwJ

13 hours ago
profile_image

Rice University

@RiceUniversity

The acquisition of a rare pamphlet — a 1917 guide to Texas for Jewish immigrants — sheds new light on the state's historic Galveston Movement: https://t.co/D8cxB0Ig2D https://t.co/iNrhIrznPB

14 hours ago