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Director:Anne Schuchat, MD (RADM, USPHS)

 Kevin M. DeCock, M.D., F.R.C.P. (UK), D.T.M.&H

Anne Schuchat, MD (RADM, USPHS), is Acting Director of the CDC Center for Global Health. Prior to her current appointment, she served as the director of CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD); and has worked at CDC since 1988 on immunization, respiratory, and other infectious diseases. Dr. Schuchat previously served as the director of CDC’s National Immunization Program (NIP); acting director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID); chief of the Respiratory Diseases Branch at NCID; and as the initial medical director of the Active Bacterial Core surveillance (ABCs)/Emerging Infections Program Network. Dr. Schuchat was named an Assistant Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service in 2006.

Globally, she has worked in West Africa on meningitis vaccine studies, in South Africa on surveillance and prevention projects, and in China on SARS emergency response, where she headed the Beijing City epidemiology team for the World Health Organization's (WHO) China Office. She also has been instrumental in pre- and post-licensure evaluations of conjugate vaccines for bacterial meningitis and pneumonia and in accelerating availability of these new vaccines in resource-poor countries through WHO and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI). She is currently serving on the GAVI Alliance Board (2010-2012).

Anne Schuchat graduated with highest honors from Swarthmore College and with honors from Dartmouth Medical School. She served as resident and chief resident in internal medicine at New York University's Manhattan VA Hospital before beginning her public health career at CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer.

She has authored or co-authored more than 180 scientific articles, book chapters, and reviews. Her contributions have been recognized by receipt of the USPHS Meritorious Service Medal, the American Public Health Association's Maternal and Child Health Young Investigator Award, the USPHS Physician Research Officer of the Year, and an Honorary Doctorate in Science from Swarthmore College. In 2008, she was elected to the Institute of Medicine.

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