Amy Abernethy, MD, PhD

Former Principal Deputy Commissioner, US FDA
Amy P. Abernethy, M.D., Ph.D. is an oncologist and internationally recognized clinical data expert and clinical researcher. As the Former Principal Deputy Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Dr. Abernethy helped oversee FDA’s day-to-day functioning and directed special and high-priority cross-cutting initiatives that impact the regulation of drugs, medical devices, tobacco and food. 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. At Duke, she pioneered the development of technology platforms to spur novel advancements in the care of people with cancer and other serious life-limiting illnesses.

Dr. Abernethy received her M.D. at Duke University, where she did her internal medicine residency, served as chief resident, and completed her hematology/oncology fellowship. She received her Ph.D. from Flinders University, her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and is boarded in palliative medicine.