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Denise Hinton


Chief Scientist

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Denise Hinton is a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (USPHS CC) and is the first nurse to serve as the Chief Scientist at the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

With over 27 years of combined experience as an USPHS and US Air Force Officer, RADM Hinton has made many contributions that impact individual patient care and the public health of the nation. She has led, directed and managed multiple complex programs requiring collaboration within the FDA, industry, academia, patient advocacy groups and engagement with national and international stakeholders. As an executive leader within the FDA, she has provided strategic direction and leadership for programs to fulfill congressional mandates to support the safe and effective use of medical products, guided the successful implementation of programs related to medical countermeasures, preparedness and response for unprecedented and emerging infectious diseases, professional and patient labeling, laboratory safety, health informatics, toxicological research, regulatory science, and human subjects protection. RADM increases the visibility of the nurse profession, the USPHS and FDA through her positions as the FDA Executive Member on the cross-government National Toxicology Program, Ex-Officio of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Board of Scientific Counselors and the National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine Council for Government, University, Industry, and Research Roundtable.

RADM Hinton received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida State University and her Master of Science degree from Boston University.

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