Veterinarian leaves director job in FDA food safety center

Published on July 01, 2010
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Dr. Stephen F. Sundlof

A veterinarian who led two centers of the Food and Drug Administration in the past 16 years has temporarily left the agency for an academic post.

Dr. Stephen F. Sundlof resigned in early May as director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. He took a two-year assignment as a visiting professor with the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, where he is helping to develop a regulatory science program oriented toward assisting government employees and students with scientific backgrounds improve their skills in areas related to public practice, such as risk management and public policy creation.

The program is being created in collaboration with the University of Minnesota and The Ohio State University.

Dr. Sundlof said that, after 16 years in strenuous jobs with the FDA, he was looking for a change.

"One of the things I really missed about being in academia was the interactions with the students, and I decided this would be a very good time in my career to reconnect," Dr. Sundlof said. "I'm still an FDA employee, but this gives me the opportunity to do something I really enjoy, and, after this, I will be going back to the FDA."

He considers his current position to be a sabbatical and plans to return to the agency in an executive position.

Dr. Sundlof became director of CFSAN after serving as director of the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine, a position he had held since 1994.

Michael Landa, who had been deputy director for regulatory affairs at CFSAN, is serving as the center's acting director.