Califf receives Walter C. Alvarez Award

May 22, 2018 – The award, presented by the American Medical Writers Association, is given for excellence in health care communications.

The American Medical Writers Association announced today that DCRI founder and former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Robert Califf, MD, has received the 2018 Walter C. Alvarez Award. An internationally recognized expert in cardiovascular medicine, health outcomes research, healthcare quality, and clinical research, Califf has led many landmark clinical trials and is one of the most frequently cited authors in biomedical science. He is also a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Califf is currently the Vice Chancellor for health data science; Director of Duke Forge, Duke University’s multidisciplinary center for actionable health data science; and the Donald F. Fortin, MD, Professor of Cardiology in the Duke University School of Medicine. Additionally, he works as a scientific advisor for Verily Life Sciences, a member of the Alphabet family of companies formed by Google. From 2015 to 2016 he served as Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco, and then as Commissioner of Food and Drugs from 2016-2017 at the FDA.

Named in honor of Walter C. Alvarez, MD, the award is presented annually at the Medical Writing and Communication Conference to honor excellence in communicating health care developments and concepts to the public. Califf will receive his award and give his address on Friday, November 2 at the General Session.