Our DC-area readers interested in food and drug safety may want to attend this event.

Next Tuesday (1/12) at noon, Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, principal deputy commissioner for the FDA, will present, “Public Health and the FDA” here at the GW Hospital Auditorium (900 23rd St. NW, Foggy Bottom Metro). The event is part of Public Health Grand Rounds series hosted by the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Lunch will be provided.

Here’s Sharfstein’s bio from the event announcement:

Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein was appointed by President Obama to be the FDA principal deputy commissioner. He served as Acting Commissioner for Food and Drugs from March 29 – May 25, 2009.

From December 2005 through March 2009, Dr. Sharfstein was the Commissioner of Health for the City of Baltimore. In this position, he led efforts to expand literacy efforts in pediatric primary care, facilitate the transition to Medicare Part D for disabled adults, engage college students in public health activities, increase influenza vaccination of healthcare workers, and expand access to effective treatment for opioid addiction. Under his leadership, the Baltimore Health Department and its affiliated agencies have won multiple national awards for innovative programs, and in 2008, Dr. Sharfstein was named a Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine.

From July 2001 to December 2005, Dr. Sharfstein served as minority professional staff of the Government Reform Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives for Congressman Henry A. Waxman. Dr. Sharfstein is a 1991 graduate of Harvard College, a 1996 graduate of Harvard Medical School, a 1999 graduate of the combined residency program in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center, and a 2001 graduate of the fellowship in general pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine.