This week's featured physician executive is Elisabeth Hagen, M.D.
Sworn in as Under Secretary for Food Safety in August 2010, Hagen oversees the policies and programs of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the USDA’s public health regulatory agency that ensures the nation’s supply of meat, poultry and egg products is safe, wholesome and correctly labeled and packaged. Since joining federal government in 2006, Hagen has served in a number of leadership roles and has advanced a science-based, public health agenda at USDA. Prior to her appointment as Under Secretary, she served as the USDA’s Chief Medical Officer, advising FSIS and other USDA mission areas on a range of human health issues, such as food safety, nutrition and zoonotic diseases.
Hagen holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Saint Joseph’s, an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and is board certified in infectious diseases.