Former FDA Commissioner David Kessler to Chair the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Former FDA Commissioner Dr. David Kessler has been tapped to chair the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, according to a foundation release. Kessler, who currently serves as the dean of the Yale University School of Medicine, said that he is "honored" to accept the position because the foundation is "a major international organization with tremendous influence, a solid track record [and] wonderful leadership." Dr. Philip Pizzo, who currently serves as the dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine, has been chosen to be vice chair of the foundation. "We are delighted to have Drs. Kessler and Pizzo on board to lead the foundation into the future. There are no better advocates for children's health," Kate Carr, president and CEO of the foundation, said. Carr said that the foundation will now focus its efforts on strengthening its commitment to pediatric HIV/AIDS research and expanding its international programs to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission. With Kessler's appointment, Paul Glaser, who served as chair of the foundation for six years, will become honorary chair and will serve as a "strategic adviser" (Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation release, 1/24).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.