Amy P. Abernethy, MD, PhD
Principal Deputy Commissioner, Food & Drugs
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Amy P. Abernethy is an oncologist and internationally recognized clinical data expert and clinical researcher. As the principal deputy commissioner of food and drugs for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Abernethy helps oversee the FDA’s day-to-day functioning and directs special and high-priority, cross-cutting initiatives that impact the regulation of drugs, medical devices, tobacco and food. As acting CIO, she oversees FDA’s data and technical vision and its execution. She has held multiple executive roles at Flatiron Health and was professor of medicine at Duke University School of Medicine, where she ran the Center for Learning Health Care and the Duke Cancer Care Research Program. Dr. Abernethy received her medical degree at Duke University, where she did her internal medicine residency, served as chief resident, and completed her hematology and oncology fellowship. She received her doctorate from Flinders University and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is boarded in palliative medicine.