Captain Steven Hirschfeld of the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) earned his MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and his PhD in Cell Biology from New York University. He did his residency and Chief Residency at the University of California, San Francisco, research fellowship training at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and clinical fellowship at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.
Dr. Hirschfeld received board certification in general pediatrics and pediatric hematology-oncology. He worked at the National Cancer Institute as a clinical investigator and then at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research and the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. He contributed to the development and implementation of the federal pediatric initiatives beginning in 1996, the International Conference for Harmonization E11 Pediatric Guidance, and the adaptation of regulations for the protection of children in FDA regulated research. In 2006 he returned to NICHD as Associate Director for Clinical Research and also serves as NIH Co-Coordinator of the Child Health Oversight Committee for the National Center for Research Resources Clinical and Translational Science Awards Consortium. In addition to regulatory, policy, and operations activities, Dr. Hirschfeld has been active in the development and implementation of data standards for acquisition, transmission, and analysis as well as exploring new methods of data analysis. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including twice the Health and Human Services Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service and awards from the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, the Director of the National Institutes of Health, and the USPHS.
Dr. Hirschfeld has deployed regularly on humanitarian and disaster relief missions with the USPHS since 1991, including two deployments to Louisiana in 2005 for the Gulf Coast Hurricanes and in 2008 to Texas for Hurricane Ike. He serves as the Chief Medical Officer and Operations Chief for the USPHS Rapid Deployment Force Team -1 based in the Washington, DC metro area.