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Tom Savel, MD

Director, Informatics Innovation Unit

Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services

Office of Public Health Scientific Services

Thomas G. Savel is the Director of the Informatics Innovation Unit in the Office of Public Health Scientific Services. In this role, he collaborates with CDC staff and the broader public health community to develop, test, and evaluate innovative techniques and technologies that have the potential to improve public health practice.

Dr. Savel is co-chair of the Innovation and New Technology Subcommittee under CDC's Information Resources Governance Council. He also is an adjunct professor in the Applied Public Health Office at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

His direct experience developing and implementing health information technology systems also serves him in media and communications roles. He has served as a technology columnist for American Medical News and as an on-air technology consultant for the Fox News affiliate in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Savel has a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and a medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He has clinical training in family medicine and general surgery, and he maintains an active medical license in Georgia. Additionally, Dr. Savel is a graduate of CDC's Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program.

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