FDA names permanent and first CIO

Updated September 16, 2021 

G2X TAKE: Several months after stepping into the Acting role, Vid Desai, armed with over 26 years of diverse Healthcare and regulatory industry experience, takes on the role of Chief Information Officer with the Food and Drug Administration. 

Vid brings experience gained from fields ranging from Pharmaceuticals, Clinical Research Organizations to Medical Device manufacturing, and experience optimizing organizational structure and performance, reversing under-performing teams, globalizing operations and negotiating with vendors. 

In announcing the move Vid shared: “I am deeply honored and proud to be named FDA’s first Chief Information Officer reporting directly to the FDA commissioner. Today, we announced a reorganization of the agency’s information technology (IT), data management and cybersecurity functions into the new Office of Digital Transformation (ODT). The office has been realigned to report directly to the FDA commissioner, elevating the office and its functions to agency-level. This reorganization will advance the agency’s information technology transformation with improved data and IT competencies that improve agency operations to support the public health mission.” See the post here. 

See the announcement here. 


Posted April 27, 2021 

G2X TAKE: On the heels of the former Acting CIO announcing she would be stepping down comes the news that Vid Desai, the Food and Drug Administration’s current CTO, will be stepping in. Vid is armed with over 26 years of diverse Healthcare and regulatory industry experience ranging from Pharmaceuticals, Clinical Research Organizations to Medical Device manufacturing. 

In announcing the move Vid posted: “Yesterday was Dr. Amy Abernethy’s last day at the FDA. She was the Principle Deputy Commissioner (PDC) and Acting Chief Information Officer (CIO). In her journey so far, Amy has held many titles and excelled at all of them! …From today, I take on the responsibility of Acting #CIO for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in addition to my existing role as Chief Technology Officer (#CTO)….” See the post here.  

Vid was recognized recently as one of the 2021 FedHealthIT100 honorees, individuals driving change and advancement in the Federal Health Information Technology and Consulting Market. 

This interview with Vid early last year discusses Data, Change Management and the FDA’s Technology Modernization Action Plan. More here.   

Prior roles include: 

  • SVP & Chief Information Officer – Vyaire Medical 
  • Global Head of Information Services/CIO – Lake Region Medical 
  • Executive Director – Quintiles Transnational  
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