Andrew von Eschenbach
President, Samaritan Health Initiatives Inc.; former Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; former Director, National Cancer Institute; Senior Fellow, Milken Institute
Andrew von Eschenbach is a senior fellow at the Milken Institute and president of Samaritan Health Initiatives Inc. He was commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from 2005 to 2009 after serving four years as director of the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. Von Eschenbach's career spans more than three decades as a physician, surgeon, oncologist and executive, including serving as chairman of the Department of Urologic Oncology, executive vice president and chief academic at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is the author of more than 300 scientific articles and has received numerous professional awards and honors. In 2006, he was named one of Time magazine's "100 most influential people to shape the world," and in 2007 and 2008, he was selected as one of the Modern Healthcare/Modern Physician's "50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare." Von Eschenbach earned a B.S. from St. Joseph's University and an M.D. from Georgetown University School of Medicine.