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Division of Global Health Protection: Jordan W. Tappero, MD, MPH, Director

Photo of Dr. Jordan TapperoRADM Jordan W. Tappero, MD, MPH is Director of the Division of Global Health Protection (DGHP), Center for Global Health (CGH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He joined the Commissioned Corps as a Medical Officer with the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) at CDC and has actively recruited, supervised, and mentored over 100 Officers since 1992. Dr. Tappero was promoted to Rear Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service during 2015.

Strategic Leadership

In his current role, Dr. Tappero provides strategic direction to advancing global health security as an international priority at CDC. He leads the agency’s contribution to the transformative Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), a new $1.2 billion presidential initiative charged with stopping infectious disease threats as closely as possible to their source. GHSA commits the U.S. to working with at least 30 countries to build the capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to outbreaks before they become epidemics. Dr. Tappero brings 23 years of extensive global experience to this key leadership position, including 11 years residing overseas. Under his direction, the division works in over 60 countries alongside ministries of health and other partners to build and strengthen public health systems through training in applied epidemiology, laboratory support, public health research, and the development of National Public Health Institutes to reduce disability and death from both infectious and non-communicable diseases.

Dr. Tappero is a global leader in emergency response and recovery. He was sent to Liberia in 2014 as the first CDC Lead for Public Health and Medical Response for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. From September 2014 to January 2015, as Deputy Incident Manager for the Ebola response he assisted with directing day-to-day international and domestic Ebola response activities out of CDC’s Emergency Operations Center. As the Incident Manager for CDC’s emergency response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake and cholera epidemic, he led response efforts and thereafter directed CDC’s Health Systems Reconstruction Office for Haiti from 2010 through 2012. In 2009, he was detailed for six months to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), as CDCs senior advisor for the H1N1 Flu Pandemic.

Proven Experience

Dr. Tappero has long provided scientific leadership and oversight for global public health activities at CDC. Prior to his current role, he served as Associate Director for Science in CGH. From 2008-2009, he assisted in managing CDC’s $1.7 billion dollar annual international HIV/AIDS program as Acting Deputy Director for CDC’s Global AIDS Program (GAP), a major contributor to the success of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). From 2006-2008, as CDC Country Director in Uganda, he oversaw GAP and President’s Malaria Initiative activities. He also spent six years as CDC Country Director in Thailand, a program with three components: GAP, HIV/AIDS Research, and Global Disease Detection. While in Thailand, he also served as the DHHS and State Department Health Attaché for the U.S. Embassy – Bangkok.

From 1998-2000, Dr. Tappero served as Epidemiology Section Chief for CDC’s Meningitis and Special Pathogens Branch, focusing on the prevention of meningococcal disease and other forms of bacterial meningitis, zoonotic bacterial infections, and bioterrorism preparedness against anthrax and brucellosis. He was also CDC’s first medical epidemiologist assigned by CDC to Botswana, where he spent three years conducting field research on HIV-associated tuberculosis.

Dr. Tappero joined CDC in July 1992 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the MSPB/Respiratory Diseases Branch, and in 1995 completed CDC’s Preventive Medicine Residency with the National Center for Infectious Diseases, assigned to State Department of Health in California.

  • Page last reviewed: February 26, 2016
  • Page last updated: February 26, 2016
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