David Kessler

David Kessler was one of the panelists for the Forum’s discussion on Why We Overeat.

David A. Kessler, M.D. is Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He was Dean of the School of Medicine and the Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs at UCSF from 2003 through 2007 and Dean of the Yale University School of Medicine from 1997 until 2003. Dr. Kessler, who served as Commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration from November 1990 until March 1997, was appointed by President Bush and reappointed by President Clinton.

From 1984 until his FDA appointment, David Kessler was the medical director of the Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York, where he held teaching appointments in the Department of Pediatrics and in the Department of Epidemiology and Social Medicine. From 1986 until 1990, Dr. David Kessler also taught food and drug law at the Columbia University School of Law in New York. He was a consultant to the United States Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee from 1981 until 1984.

Dr. Kessler is the author of A Question of Intent and of The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite.

–Text based on biography at AEI Speakers Bureau. Photo by Jerry Domian.