Larry Kessler, ScD, is a Professor in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Previously, he spent over 13 years at the FDA, most recently from 2002-2009, as Director of the Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories (OSEL) at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). In this position, Dr. Kessler directed the efforts of the laboratories of CDRH and the Standards Coordination Program.
OSEL plays a crucial role in identifying key scientific questions and solutions concerning medical device safety and effectiveness. From 2005-2007 he chaired the Global Harmonization Task Force, an international consortium aimed at achieving greater uniformity between national medical device regulatory systems. Dr. Kessler was also the first permanent Director, from 1995-2002, of the Office of Surveillance and Biometrics and oversaw the implementation of the Safe Medical Devices Act. He has extensive knowledge of the 510(k) process and is frequently quoted in major publications. Dr. Kessler has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as numerous book chapters and government reports. His research has concentrated on applications of quantitative methods and health services research to problems in surveillance and public health.