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Chesley Richards MD, MPH, FACP

Deputy Director for Public Health Scientific Services and the Director of the Office of Public Health Scientific Services (OPHHS)

Chesley Richards, MD, MPH, FACP In these two roles, Chesley Richards MD, MPH, FACP, is a key advisor to the CDC Director and oversees the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services (CSELS) with activities that include the MMWR, Vital Signs publications, the Epidemic Intelligence Service and other scientific training programs, the Guide to Community Preventive Services, and a broad range of cross cutting epidemiology, public health surveillance, and laboratory services.  OPHSS has approximately 1,000 staff and campuses in Atlanta, Hyattsville, and Research Triangle Park.  Previously, Dr. Richards has served CDC in a variety of roles including as the Director of the Immunization Services Division, the Office of Prevention through Healthcare, and as Deputy Director, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion.

“Effective systems that put the right data and information in the right hands, at the right time, in the right format……… take effective public health action.”

—Chesley Richards MD, MPH, FACP.

Dr. Richards earned his M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina, an M.P.H. in Health Policy and Administration from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a graduate of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) at CDC, the Cancer Control Education Fellowship at UNC Lineberger Cancer Center and the Program on Clinical Effectiveness at Harvard School of Public Health.  He completed Internal Medicine (Medical College of Georgia), Geriatric Medicine (Emory University) and General Preventive Medicine and Public Health (UNC Chapel Hill). Prior to coming to CDC, Dr. Richards served as the Chief of General Internal Medicine and Associate Director for Internal Medicine Residency Training at the Medical College of Georgia.  Dr. Richards has served as a reviewer for several leading medical and public health journals and has published more than fifty journal articles and chapters.   He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics at Emory University.

Dr. Richards’s interests include healthcare quality, preventive services, public health surveillance, health policy, and public health leadership.