Chief of Parasitic Diseases Branch:Monica Parise, MD
Monica Parise, MD has served as the chief of the Parasitic Diseases Branch, Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria, Center for Global Health, since 2005. She oversees a staff of 80, supervising CDC activities relating to all non-malaria parasitic diseases: epidemiology; surveillance; prevention and control; reference and developmental diagnostics testing; pathogen discovery; studies of disease pathogenesis; and treatment in the United States and globally.
Dr. Parise graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1986. She completed training in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston in and an Infectious Disease fellowship in the Harvard Combined Infectious Disease Program in 1990. As part of her Infectious Disease fellowship and later for Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Parise lived in northeastern Brazil for 3 years working on clinical and epidemiological studies of cutaneous leishmaniasis. Dr. Parise entered CDC as an EIS Officer in 1993 in the Malaria Branch and subsequently spent 1 year in Puerto Rico (1995-1996) working on dengue. She served as a Medical Officer in the Malaria Branch from 1996-2005, where she directed activities related to surveillance, prevention, and treatment of malaria in the United States as well as pregnant women in malaria-endemic areas.