Center for Tobacco Products
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
9200 Corporate Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20850
Lawrence R. Deyton, MD, MSPH, became the first director of the Center for Tobacco Products at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in September 2009. The goals of the center include reducing youth tobacco use, promoting public understanding of the contents and consequences of use of tobacco products, and reducing the toll of tobacco-related diseases, disability, and death. Prior to being asked to lead FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products by Commissioner Hamburg, Dr. Deyton served on the senior staff of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), first as director of its AIDS program and then establishing and leading VA’s Public Health Strategic Health Care Group. He later became the department's chief public health and environmental hazards officer, where he revitalized the VA’s smoking and tobacco use cessation programs, causing an 11 percent drop in tobacco use among veterans enrolled in the program. Prior to his VA work, Dr. Deyton served for 11 years in leadership roles at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. Previously, he served on the staff of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services and was a legislative aide for the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health and the Environment. Dr. Deyton is also a founder of the Whitman Walker Clinic, a community-based AIDS service organization in Washington, DC. He is a graduate of Kansas University, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the George Washington University School of Medicine.