Tom Frieden, MD, MPH
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.
Anne Schuchat, MD (RADM, USPHS)
The CDC Leaders
Steve Monroe, PhD
John Auerbach, MBA
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, which focuses on the promotion of public health and prevention as components of health care and payment reform and health system transformation.
Harold W. Jaffe, MD, MA
Harold W. Jaffe, MD, MA, 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.
Dena S. Morris, MPP
Dena Morris is the Director of the CDC Washington Office (CDCW), which serves as a critical link between CDC and the Washington policy community. CDCW translates CDC’s critical work to Members of Congress and identifies opportunities for CDC to engage in important public health policy developments on Capitol Hill.
Sherri A. Berger, MSPH
Sherri A. Berger, MSPH, 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.
Carmen Villar, MSW
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.
Reginald R. Mebane, MS
Reginald R. Mebane, MS, is currently the Director of CDC’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (OEEO). As Director, Mr. Mebane is responsible for advising and counseling CDC′s executive leadership team on a variety of equal employment opportunity, diversity management, civil rights and human resources issues impacting the agency′s complex and diverse global workforce.
Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA
Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA, serves as Associate Director for Minority Health and Health Equity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this role, she oversees the work of CDC's Offices of Minority Health & Health Equity and Women's Health, and of Diversity & Inclusion Management. Dr. Liburd has decades of experience in community health, health disparities, and social determinants of health.
José T. Montero, MD, MHCDS
Dr. Montero serves as the deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) responsible for overseeing support to the US health departments, tribal nations, and insular areas, and as the director of CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support. He oversees key activities and technical assistance designed to improve the public health system’s capacity and performance in an era of health reform.
Stephen C. Redd, MD, (RADM, USPHS)
Stephen Redd, MD (RADM, USPHS), 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.
John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM
John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, 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.
Rebecca Martin, PhD
Rebecca Martin, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Global Health (CGH) at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since 2012, Dr. Martin has served as the Director for the Global Immunization Division, in CGH, which leads CDC’s global polio eradication efforts, accelerated disease control for vaccine-preventable diseases, introduction of new and underutilized vaccines, and the strengthening of immunization systems.
Chesley Richards, MD, MPH, FACP
Chesley Richards, MD, MPH, FACP, is the CDC Deputy Director for the Office of Public Health Scientific Services (OPHSS). 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.
Michael F. Iademarco, MD, MPH (CAPT, USPHS)
Michael F. Iademarco, MD, MPH (CAPT, USPHS), is the first permanent director of the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Charles J. Rothwell, MBA, MS
Charles J. Rothwell, MBA, MS, serves as the 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.
Robin M. Ikeda, MD, MPH (RADM, USPHS)
Robin M. Ikeda, MD, MPH (RADM, USPHS), is the CDC Deputy Director for the Office of Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury and Environmental Health (ONDIEH). In this position, she is responsible for providing guidance and leadership to the CDC′s scientific and programmatic portfolios.
Coleen A. Boyle, PhD, MSHyg
Coleen Boyle serves as Director of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at CDC. Dr. Boyle began her career at CDC in 1984 as part of a large effort to study the adverse health effects of exposure to Agent Orange, a herbicide used during the Vietnam War.
Ursula E. Bauer, PhD, MPH
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. Prior to becoming director of NCCDPHP, Dr. Bauer held various chronic disease prevention leadership positions at the New York State Department of Health, the Florida Department of Health, and the Louisiana Office of Public Health, where she was stationed as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer.
Director, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR)
Pat Breysse, PhD
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.
Debra Houry, MD, MPH
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.
Rima Khabbaz, MD
Rima Khabbaz, MD, is the CDC Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Office of Infectious Diseases (OID). As such, she provides leadership to the efforts of CDC’s infectious disease national centers and helps to advance the Agency’s cross-cutting infectious disease priorities including the integration of advanced molecular detection (AMD) technologies into public health.
Nancy Messonnier, MD (CAPT, USPHS)
Dr. Nancy Messonnier (CAPT, USPHS) is the Director for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). Since beginning her public health career in 1995 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID), Dr. Messonnier has held a number of leadership posts across CDC and within NCIRD.
Beth P. Bell, MD, MPH
Beth P. Bell, MD, MPH, is the director of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID). She provides leadership for the prevention and control of a broad spectrum of infectious diseases, including rare but deadly diseases like Ebola and anthrax, and more common conditions like foodborne diseases and healthcare-associated and antibiotic-resistant infections.
Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH (RADM, USPHS)
Dr. Mermin served as Director of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, NCHHSTP. Under his leadership, the Division spearheaded a new approach to HIV prevention, called High Impact Prevention, that aligned funding with epidemiology and ensured program and research activities had the greatest effect on reducing incidence and improving health equity.
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