There are few jobs more important to keeping us safe and healthy than the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. This is why I was really excited to learn that President Obama nominated Dr. Robert Califf as commissioner of the FDA. Indeed, Dr. Robert Califf is a name you probably haven’t heard, unless your background is in clinical cardiology, academia or if you’ve kept your ear very low to the ground inside the Beltway.

And yet, the job he’s been nominated for is an absolutely crucial one for our nation’s health. And by health, I don’t just mean protection from Mexican cucumbers with Salmonella Poona (which, as an aside, happens to be a very pressing issue). I mean the long-term health of everyone in my (and your) family.

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