CDC Director Tom Frieden
CDC Director Tom Frieden
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 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.
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
Associate Director of Policy of CDC
John Auerbach is the Associate Director for Policy at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He oversees the Office of the Associate Director for Policy (OADP) which focuses on the promotion of public health and prevention as components of health care and payment reform and health system transformation.
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.
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.
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.
Director, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR)
Pat Breysse, PhD, joined CDC in December 2014 as the Director of NCEH/ATSDR. Dr. Breysse leads CDC’s efforts to investigate the relationship between environmental factors and health. He came to CDC from the Johns Hopkins University where he served as Associate Chair for Educational Programs within the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Program Director for the Industrial Hygiene Training Program, and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Childhood Asthma in the Urban Environment.
Director, 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.
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.
Debra Houry, MD, MPH, is the Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at CDC. In this role, Dr. Houry leads innovative research and science-based programs to prevent injuries and violence and to reduce their consequences. She joined the CDC in October 2014.
Director, 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.
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.
Director, 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.
Deputy 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).
Associate 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.
Director, 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.
Director, Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support
Judith A. Monroe, MD, is a deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and director of CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS). In her role, she provides leadership for supporting and revitalizing the public health system. Her efforts focus on establishing a systems approach that supports integration and collaboration among public health and medical professionals.
Director, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response
Dr. Stephen Redd is the Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This office is responsible for all of CDC's public health preparedness and response activities.
CDC 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.
Acting 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.
Assistant 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.
Chief 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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