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CDC Director Tom Frieden

CDC Director Tom Frieden

Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPHThomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, took the helm as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry on June 8, 2009. Dr. Frieden has worked to control health threats from infectious diseases, respond to emergencies, and battle the leading causes of suffering and death in our nation and around the world.

As the director of our nation’s health protection agency, he is leading CDC to address challenging health priorities.

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CDC′s two primary leadership groups are: CDC Management Board (CMB) and the CIO Management and Operations Team. Each group contributes to CDC's system of networked governance of the agency's overall direction.

The CDC Leaders

Ileana Arias, PhD

Ileana Arias Principal Deputy Director of CDC/ATSDR
Ileana Arias, PhD, serves as Principal Deputy Director for CDC and ATSDR. In this role, she serves as the principal advisor to the director on all scientific and programmatic activities of CDC/ATSDR.

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Ursula E. Bauer, PhD, MPH

Ursula E. Bauer Director, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Ursula Bauer, PhD, MPH, is the director of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), a position she assumed on January 4, 2010.

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Beth P. Bell, MD, MPH

Beth P. Bell Director, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)
Beth P. Bell, MD, MPH, is the Director of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID). Most recently, Dr. Bell has served as the Associate Director for Epidemiologic Science, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). In 2008–2009, she served as Acting Deputy Director and then as Acting Director for NCIRD.

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Sherri A. Berger, MSPH

Sherri A. Berger Chief Operating Officer
Sherri Berger became Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of 10 major operating divisions of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in August 2011. As COO, she oversees management, facilities, and operations at the Atlanta-based public health agency. She provides substantial strategic direction for CDC’s 10,000 employees, 5,000 contractors, and $13 billion budget – while ensuring CDC has proper resources to fulfill its critical work to save lives and protect people from health threats.

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Coleen A. Boyle, PhD, MS hyg

Coleen A. Boyle Director, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Dr. Boyle received her MS(hyg) in biostatistics and PhD in epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health and completed postdoctoral training in epidemiologic methods at Yale University.

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Katherine Lyon Daniel, PhD

Katherine Lyon DanielAssociate Director for Communication
Katherine Lyon Daniel, Associate Director, is responsible for providing guidance and leadership in the development and implementation of CDC′s communication strategies.

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Kathleen Ethier, PhD

Kathleen EthierDirector, Program Performance and Evaluation Office
Kathleen Ethier, PhD, serves as the Director of the Program Performance and Evaluation Office at CDC. In this role, she contributes to advancing CDC program strategy, performance measurement, and evaluation. Dr. Ethier previously was the Deputy Associate Director for Program.

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Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH

Thomas R. Frieden Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Administrator, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, took the helm as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry on May 15, 2009.

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Corinne Graffunder, DrPH, MPH

Corinne GraffunderActing Associate Director of Policy
With more than 25 years of experience working with national, state, and local prevention efforts, Dr. Graffunder most recently served as CDC’s Deputy Associate Director for Policy and previously was the Director of the Office of the National Prevention Strategy.

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John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM

John HowardDirector of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
John Howard serves as the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C.

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Edward L. Hunter, MA

Director, CDC Washington
Edward L. Hunter was appointed Director of the CDC Washington Office in March 2011, after serving as Acting Director since 2009 and Deputy Director of the office since 2003.

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Michael F. Iademarco, MD, MPH

Michael F. Iademarco, MD, MPHDirector of Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services
Michael Iademarco is the first permanent director of the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Robin M. Ikeda, MD, MPH

Robin M. Ikeda, MD, MPHDirector, Office of Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury and Environmental Health
Acting Director, National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Robin M. Ikeda, MD, MPH, is the Deputy Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Director for Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury and Environmental Health. In this position, she is responsible for providing guidance and leadership to the CDC′s scientific and programmatic portfolios. She also serves as the Acting Director for the National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

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Harold W. Jaffe, MD, MA

Harold W. Jaffe, MD, MA Associate Director for Science
Dr. Harold Jaffe has been appointed as Associate Director for Science at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). An internationally recognized scientist and public health leader, Dr. Jaffe is returning to CDC from the University of Oxford, UK, where he has served as Professor and Head of the Department of Public Health and Fellow of St Cross College since 2004.

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Tom Kenyon, MD, MPH

Tom Kenyon, MD, MPHDirector, Center for Global Health
Tom Kenyon is the Director of the CDC Center for Global Health (CGH). Dr. Kenyon most recently served as Country Director for CDC Ethiopia where CDC plays a major role in partnership with the Ethiopian Government in health systems strengthening, HIV prevention in key populations, comprehensive clinical services and treatment for HIV/AIDS, PMTCT, and strategic information.

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Rima Khabbaz, MD

Rima Khabbaz, MDDeputy Director for Infectious Diseases
Director, Office of Infectious Diseases

Rima Khabbaz, MD, is the Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases and Director of the Office of Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most recently she served as director of the National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases (NCPDCID).

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Ali S. Khan, MD, MPH

Ali S. Khan, MD, MPH Assistant Surgeon General (retired) and Director, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response
Ali S. Khan, MD, MPH is a former assistant surgeon general and the director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Khan is responsible for all of CDC's public health preparedness and response activities.

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Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA

Leandris LiburdAssociate Director for Minority Health and Health Equity
Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA, serves as Associate Director for Minority Health and Health Equity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Liburd has decades of experience in community health, health disparities, and social determinants of health.

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Reginald R. Mebane, MS

Reginald R. MebaneDirector, Office of Diversity Management and Equal Employment Opportunity
Mr. Mebane joined CDC′s Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases (CCID) in February 2005 to serve as the Chief Management Officer.

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Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH

Jonathan MerminDirector, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH, is the Director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). Since 2009, Dr. Mermin served as Director of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, NCHHSTP, CDC, where one of his primary goals was to align efforts with scientific evidence and improve HIV prevention, including within the health care sector.

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Judith A. Monroe, MD, FAAFP

Judith A. MonroeDirector, Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support
Judith A. Monroe, MD, FAAFP, is the Deputy Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Director of the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support. In her role, Dr. Monroe provides critical leadership for supporting and revitalizing the public health system.

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Chesley Richards MD, MPH, FACP

Chesley RichardsCDC Deputy Director for Public Health Scientific Services
Chesley Richards, MD, MPH, FACP, is the CDC Deputy Director for Public Health Scientific Services (OPHSS - proposed). OPHSS is comprised of the National Center for Health Statistics and the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services (CSELS – proposed). Previously, Dr. Richards served as Director for the Immunization Services Division in the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at CDC.

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Charles J. Rothwell, MBA, MS

Charles J. RothwellActing Director, National Center for Health Statistics
Charles J. Rothwell, MBA, MS, serves as the acting director for the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). His center conducts a number of nationwide surveys that provide information on health status and on the healthcare system. He came to Federal government service in 1987 as Associate Director of NCHS responsible for IT and information services of the Center.

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Anne Schuchat, MD (RADM, USPHS)

Anne SchuchatAssistant Surgeon General, United States Public Health Service
Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

Anne Schuchat is the director of CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases and has worked at CDC since 1988 on immunization, respiratory, and other infectious diseases.

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Carmen Villar, MSW

Carmen VillarChief of Staff
Carmen Villar is Chief of Staff for CDC and is responsible for managing day-to-day operations of the Office of the Director. She will resolve issues that cross organizational lines, coordinate decision-making processes, and help CDC focus on its highest priority initiatives.

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