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Biography: Debra Yeskey, Pharm.D.,

Director, Regulatory and Quality Affairs Division
Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 

Dr. Yeskey is the Director of the Regulatory and Quality Affairs Division within the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (APSR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Dr. Yeskey rejoined HHS in July 2008 from Sciences Application International Corporation as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Scientist. Prior to SAIC, Dr. Yeskey held the rank of Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) and was the Chief of the Office of Regulatory Affairs at the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID) within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this position, Dr. Yeskey was responsible for the regulatory preparedness of all the medical countermeasures within the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). Dr. Yeskey was co-located within the Office of Research and Development Coordination (ORDC) where she was a Special Regulatory Advisor to the Assistant Secretary Public Health Emergency Preparedness (ASPHEP). In this position, she provided expert advice, guidance, and Photograph of Debra Yeskey
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regulatory policy with regard to the regulatory readiness of the SNS and the status of all the
InvestigationalNew Drug (IND) Applications and pre-Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) requests held by CDC.


As a USPHS officer, Dr. Yeskey also worked with the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health. In addition, Dr. Yeskey has a response background; she has been trained as an EMT, and was a member of a Disaster Medical Assistance Team. She has responded to natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, has pre-deployed for planned mass public events, and was part of the CDC’s response to events of 9/11 and the anthrax attacks.

Before her PHS commission, Dr. Yeskey worked at the George Washington University Medical Center, in Washington, D.C., for six years - where she was a member of the cardiology team and worked in the Coronary Care and Post Coronary Care Units.

Dr. Yeskey received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Pharmacy from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, and a Doctor of Pharmacy from Creighton University in Omaha, NE.

  • This page last reviewed: August 21, 2017