David Acheson, M.D., F.R.C.P.
Dr. Acheson graduated from the University of London Medical School in 1980, and following training in internal medicine and infectious diseases in the United Kingdom, moved to the New England Medical Center and Tufts University in Boston in 1987. As an Associate Professor at Tufts University, he undertook basic molecular pathogenesis research on foodborne pathogens, especially Shiga toxin-producing E. coli.
In September 2002, Dr. Acheson became the Chief Medical Officer at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Following several other positions at FDA he was appointed as Associate Commissioner for Foods, which gave him an agency-wide leadership role for all food and feed issues, including health promotion and nutrition.
In August 2009 Dr. Acheson took up a new position as the Managing Director for Food and Import Safety at Leavitt Partners LLC, a Consulting firm with offices in Salt Lake City and Washington DC. Leavitt Partners is working with a variety of multinational clients from the farm to retail to address food safety and food defense challenges.