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David A. Kessler, M.D.
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David A. Kessler, M.D.
Dean, School of Medicine,
Yale University



David Kessler has been dean of Yale University School of Medicine since 1997 and is a professor of pediatrics, internal medicine, and epidemiology and public health. He has wide experience in research, clinical medicine, education, administration, and the law. From 1990 to 1997, Dr. Kessler served as Commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration under both Presidents Bush and Clinton. Before that, he served as medical director of the Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Author of the 2001 book A Question of Intent, Dr. Kessler has published numerous articles in The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and other major medical journals. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, among others, and is chairman of the board of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Among Dr. Kessler's many honorary degrees and awards are the Public Welfare Medal of the National Academy of Science, the American Cancer Society's Medal of Honor, the American Heart Association's National Public Affairs Special Recognition Award, the American Federation for AIDS Research Sheldon W. Anderson Public Policy Achievement Award, the American Academy of Pediatrics Excellence in Public Service Award, and the March of Dimes Franklin Delano Roosevelt Leadership Award.

Dr. Kessler is a graduate of the Harvard Medical School, the University of Chicago Law School, and Amherst College.
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