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Robert Califf – Biography, Age, Wife, Medical Education, Career & Net Worth

Robert Califf (born September 1951) is a board-certified American cardiologist in Durham, North Carolina. He serves as the the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

Robert Califf

Robert Califf Facts

  • Full Name: Robert Mckinnon Califf
  • Age: 71 years old
  • Date of Birth: September 1951
  • Place of Birth: Anderson, South Carolina
  • Occupation: Cardiologist
  • Nationality: American
  • Wife: Lydia Califf

Robert Califf Medical School & Residency

  • Duke University Hospital, Fellowship Hospital
  • UC-San Francisco, Residency Hospital — 1980
  • UC-San Francisco, Internship Hospital — 1979
  • Duke University, Medical School — 1978

Robert Califf Career

At Duke University School of Medicine, Califf received tenure as a professor of cardiology. The Duke Clinical Research Institute, which has 1000 workers, $320 million in yearly revenue, and 50–60% of its funding coming from the pharmaceutical sector, is regarded as “the largest academic research institution in the world” and was founded by him.

Health outcomes research, research on the quality of healthcare, and translational research—all aimed at ensuring that breakthroughs in science are translated into medical care—have all been led by Califf. In clinical trials examining the effectiveness of the ezetimibe/simvastatin cholesterol-lowering medication combination, he served as the principal investigator.

He was the Duke Translational Medicine Institute (DTMI) head as of 2015 and the vice chancellor for clinical and translational research. With more than 1,200 peer-reviewed articles, Califf is one of the top 10 most-cited authors in the field of medicine according to the Institute for Scientific Information.

In January 2015, Califf was named Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Medical Products and Tobacco at the US Food and Drug Administration, “second in scope only to being commissioner.” In February 2015, Califf was mentioned as a potential replacement for outgoing Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg.

In September of that same year, President Barack Obama nominated Califf to take Hamburg’s place as the agency’s new commissioner. By a vote of 89 to 4 in February 2016, the US Senate approved Califf’s appointment as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. On January 20, 2017, Dr. Califf resigned as commissioner of the FDA.

President Biden announced his nomination of Califf to take over as FDA director once more on November 12, 2021. On December 14, 2021, he appeared before the Senate HELP committee and answered questions about the pandemic, the opioid problem, and abortion-related topics.

Due to his corporate connections and the drug problem, some Democrats opposed his nomination. A number of Republican senators objected to his appointment because of abortion-related issues. In the end, Califf’s initial nomination was withdrawn and returned to President Biden on January 3, 2022.

The following day, Califf’s nomination was once again sent to the Senate. By a vote of 13-8 on January 13, 2022, he was passed out of committee. By a vote of 50-46 on February 15, 2022, the Senate approved his nomination. On February 17, 2022, Dr. Califf came into office.

Certifications & Licensure

  • American Board of Internal Medicine – Certified in Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine – Certified in Cardiovascular Disease
  • NC State Medical License – Active through 2022

Specialty Expertise

Dr. Robert Mckinnon Califf has the following 14 areas of expertise

  • Heart Block
  • High Cholesterol
  • Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS)
  • Arrhythmia
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Attack
  • High Cholesterol (Hypercholesterolemia)
  • Hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Blood Clot
  • Unstable Angina
  • Heart Diseases
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Atherosclerosis

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of North Carolina
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Humana Health
  • Multiplan PHCS
  • UnitedHealthcare

Location & Contact Information

2100 Erwin Rd –
Durham, NC 27705

Get Direction

New patients: 800-394-4445, 919-684-8111

Expert Publications

Data provided by the National Library of Medicine

Robert Califf Net Worth

Robert Califf had an estimated net worth of $10 million.



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