Michelle McMurry-Heath, MD, PhD


Associate Director for Science, The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), Food and Drug Administration (FDA)



Michelle McMurry-Heath is Assistant Director for Science of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Prior to joining the FDA, she was the founding director of the Health, Biomedical Science, and Society Initiative at the Aspen Institute and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Policy at George Washington University. Her Aspen Institute team focused on creating new policy strategies for stimulating biomedical research, disseminating emerging healthcare technologies, and reducing healthcare disparities domestically and internationally. Her science diplomacy work has included projects from Rwanda to Cambodia. From 2001-2004, she oversaw health and social policy issues for Senator Joseph Lieberman and was the senior health policy advisor for the Lieberman for President Campaign. While on the Hill, she worked on homeland security, health disparities, healthcare quality, and translational research bills, including the American Center for Cures initiative and legislation (later enacted as the Cures Acceleration Network). After studying biochemistry at Harvard, Dr. McMurry-Heath went on to become the first African-American to receive both MD and PhD degrees from Duke University.  She trained in pediatrics and molecular immunology.