FDA Commissioner Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach said Acheson will provide advice concerning strategic and substantive food safety and food defense matters.
In addition, Acheson will serve as the commissioner's direct liaison with the Department of Health and Human Services, of which FDA is a part, and to other U.S. departments and agencies on food safety and food defense related inter-agency initiatives.
Acheson currently serves as chief medical officer and director of the FDA's Office of Food Defense, Communication and Emergency Response.
Previously, Acheson served as an associate professor at the University of Maryland Medical School in Baltimore, where he focused on research of food-borne pathogens. Before that he was an associate professor at Tufts University in Boston, where he undertook basic molecular pathogenesis research on food-borne pathogens.
Acheson is a graduate of the University of London Medical School and is a fellow of both the Royal College of Physicians and the Infectious Disease Society of America. He assumes his new duties immediately.