Sunday, March 15, 2009

Who is Margaret Ann Hamburg, Obama's appointee to head the FDA

Margaret Ann Hamburg

Born: 1955

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: Multiracial [1]
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Government

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: New York City Health Commissioner, 1991-97

[1] African-American mother, white father.

Father: David Hamburg (physician)
Mother: Beatrix Hamburg (physician)
Husband: Peter Fitzhugh Brown (two children)

University: BA, Radcliffe College
Medical School: MD, Harvard Medical School
Administrator: Board of Overseers, Harvard University
Administrator: Trustee, Sidwell Friends School
Administrator: Trustee, Rockefeller University

Nuclear Threat Initiative Senior Scientist
Nuclear Threat Initiative VP Biological Threats
Nuclear Threat Initiative (2001-)
US Health & Human Services Department Asst. Secy. for Planning and Evaluation (1997-2001)
New York City Official Commissioner of Health (1991-97)
National Institutes of Health Natl. Inst. of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (1988-90)
US Health & Human Services Department Special Asst. the Dir., Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (1986-88)
Member of the Board of Henry Schein (2003-)
American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
American College of Physicians Fellow
American Society for Microbiology Public and Scientific Affairs Board
Center for Strategic & International Studies Senior Fellow
The Century Foundation Trustee
CIA Intelligence Science Board
Council on Foreign Relations
Doctors of the World Trustee
Institute of Medicine 1994
New York Academy of Medicine
Obama for America
Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies Advisory Board
Rockefeller Foundation Trustee
Trust for America's Health Trustee
Jewish Ancestry Paternal

Notice that she is a CFR member and has ties to the CIA.

Also see: Change Watch Backgrounder: Dr. Margaret Hamburg

In 1997, Hamburg accepted a position in Clinton’s Health and Human Services Department as assistant secretary for Policy and Evaluation. She advised then-Secretary Donna Shalala on preparing for bioterrorist attacks. She stayed throughout Clinton’s second term.

When Clinton left office in 2001, Hamburg moved to the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a think tank dedicated to decreasing threats from biological, chemical and nuclear weapons, and run by former Sen. Sam Nunn (Ga.), a moderate Democrat. Hamburg was vice president of biological programs from 2001 until 2004, and became a senior scientist there in 2005.

She has also been involved in the private sector. Since 2003, she’s has been a director at New York-based medical equipment distributor Henry Schein, Inc.

She is married to Peter Fitzhugh Brown, an artificial intelligence expert, who is a director at Renaissance Technologies, a New York hedge fund.

Food safety issues in recent years have put a spotlight on the weaknesses in safeguarding the American food supply and its susceptibility to terrorist attack. Luckily, Hamburg has spent much of her career preparing for these problems.

“Dr. Hamburg has worked at local, national and international levels to prevent and to be prepared for bioterrorism events,” Brown University’s Terrie Wetle said in 2002.(5)

In her roles at HHS, as New York City health commissioner, and at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, she has created plans to respond to everything from a bioterrorist attack to a pandemic flu outbreak. As she told a Bowdoin College audience in 2003, “a disease in a remote part of the world could be in our backyard tomorrow.”(6)

Hamburg has long advocated restructuring government agencies to make them better able to respond to a biological threat. She testified on the matter before the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs in 2002 as part of their investigation into creating a new Department of Homeland Security.

Hamburg is on the board of trustees at Sidwell Friends School, the Washington, D.C., Quaker school where President Obama’s daughters, Malia and Sasha, are students.

Hamburg is a reported supporter of vivisection but this is not confirmed at this time.
Gail Cassell, an Eli Lilly & Co. vice president who once served on a government advisory board with Hamburg, said Hamburg "is a big believer" in backing up policy with the best scientific evidence and data.

She is the daughter of two doctors. Her mother was the first black woman to earn a medical degree from Yale University, and she credits her Jewish father for instilling in her a passion for public health.

Hamburg's husband, Peter Fitzhugh Brown, is Executive Vice President and Director, Renaissance Technologies Corp.
Renaissance Technologies Corp. is a privately owned hedge fund sponsor. The firm primarily provides its services to pooled investment vehicles. It also provides its services to banking or thrift institutions and corporations. The firm invests in the public equity and alternative investment markets of the United States. It employs equity long/short strategies for its hedging investments. Renaissance Technologies Corp. was founded in 1982 and is based in New York.

{Obama} charged Hamburg with overseeing a new Food Safety Working Group. Its goal: revamping outdated laws that have changed little since the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt.

I wonder how she stands on HR875? See A solemn walk through HR875.

And how will she deal with the FDA corruption? See FDA Scientists Accuse Agency of Corruption and FDA Running Extortion Racket

Hamburg's deputy at the FDA will be Joshua Sharfstein.
Dr. Joshua Sharfstein from Baltimore is Jewish
Dr. Joshua Sharfstein from Baltimore is jewish

With a jewish, CFR, CIA and terrorism background and a husband in the New York hedge fund business, it is unlikely AIPAC, the ADL or Congress will have any problem with Hamburg as the head of the FDA. Sharfstein does not have to be confirmed.

1 comment:

  1. Isn't it time to replace the five-sided stars on "Old Glory" with the six-sided Star of David?

    Call it truth in advertising.

    "I pledge allegiance, to the Star of David, of the United States of Israel.

    And to the Zionist run corporate government for which it stands, one fiefdom, under Yahweh, with liberty and justice, but not for all."