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Nancy Messonnier, MD

Acting Director

Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services

Office of Public Health Scientific Services

Nancy Messonnier is the Acting Deputy Director in the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services. In this new center, she advises and assists the Director with strategies and operations, including the implementation of scientific functions and long term quality improvement efforts. Most recently, she served as Acting Director of the Division of Global Health Protection in CDC’s Center for Global Health. She is also currently a captain in the U.S. Public Health Service.

Dr. Messonnier began her public health career as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer at CDC. She then went on to become a medical epidemiologist. Subsequently, she worked in a variety of leadership positions related to infectious disease control and prevention, including serving as Chief of the Meningitis and Vaccine Preventable Diseases Branch in the National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases.

Dr. Messonnier has written more than 95 peer reviewed publications and 45 chapters, editorials and invited reviews. Her extensive research has focused on the evaluation and development of vaccines and surveillance for infectious diseases in the United States and internationally.

The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Dr. Messonnier has been recognized for her outstanding work and leadership excellence in disease prevention, investigation, and control by CDC, the U. S. Public Health Service, and others. For her unparalleled scientific contributions, exceptional mentorship, and staff development, she received the Philip R. Horne Award in 2011.

Dr. Messonnier holds a medical degree from the University of Chicago and completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her bachelor’s degree was also earned at the University of Pennsylvania.

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