Last updated on: 11/15/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Jeffrey Shuren, MD, JD Biography

Title:
Director of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Position:
Pro to the question "Is Cell Phone Radiation Safe?"
Reasoning:

“[T]he current safety limits for cell phone radiofrequency energy exposure remain acceptable for protecting the public health.

We reviewed the recently finalized research conducted by our colleagues at the National Toxicology Program (NTP), part of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences within the National Institutes of Health, on radiofrequency energy exposure. After reviewing the study, we disagree, however, with the conclusions of their final report regarding ‘clear evidence’ of carcinogenic activity in rodents exposed to radiofrequency energy…

Based on our ongoing evaluation of this issue, the totality of the available scientific evidence continues to not support adverse health effects in humans caused by exposures at or under the current radiofrequency energy exposure limits. We believe the existing safety limits for cell phones remain acceptable for protecting the public health.”

“Statement from Jeffrey Shuren, MD, JD, Director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health on the National Toxicology Program’s Report on Radiofrequency Energy Exposure,” fda.gov, Nov. 1, 2018

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with MDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of cell phones. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the study of cell phones.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Jan. 2010-present
  • Acting Director of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, US Food and Drug Administration, Sep. 2009 – Jan. 2010
  • Former Acting Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Planning, and Budget, US Food and Drug Administration
  • Former Associate Commissioner for Policy and Planning, US Food and Drug Administration
  • Former Special Counsel to the Principal Deputy Commissioner, US Food and Drug Administration
  • Former Assistant Commissioner for Policy, US Food and Drug Administration
  • Former Medical Officer, Office of Policy, US Food and Drug Administration
  • Education:
  • JD, University of Michigan
  • MD, Medical Education, Northwestern University
  • BS, Medical Education, Northwestern University
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    Other:
  • Detailee on Senator Edward Kennedy’s staff on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, 1999-2000
  • Staff Volunteer, National Institutes of Health’s Cognitive Neuroscience Section, 1998-2003
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Is Cell Phone Radiation Safe?