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GDDER - Jordan W. Tappero, MD, MPH

Jordan W. Tappero, MD, MPHDr. Jordan W. Tappero is Associate Director for Science, Center for Global Health (CGH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He provides scientific leadership and oversight for CDC’s public health activities globally. He also serves as CDC Headquarters Country Manager for the CDC/Haiti Country Office, and supervises its Director

Prior to his current role, Dr. Tappero directed CDC’s Health Systems Reconstruction Office (HRSO) from January 2010 through December 2012. As HRSO Director, Dr. Tappero assisted CDC’s Office in Haiti with implementation of congressional financial supplements to support the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) and other partners in post-earthquake public health reconstruction, inclusive of cholera prevention and control, and the annual Global AIDS Program budget. Dr. Tappero led CDC’s emergency response following the 2010 Haiti earthquake and immediate follow-on CDC Cholera Outbreak Response.

Dr. Tappero joined CDC in July 1992, as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer with the Respiratory Diseases Branch. Since then he has served in a range of leadership positions including Acting Deputy Director for CDC’s Global AIDS Program (GAP), Director of CDC office in Uganda, Director for CDC’s office in Thailand, and Epidemiology Section Chief for the Meningitis and Special Pathogens Branch in the National Center for Infectious Disease. In 1995, Dr. Tappero was CDC’s first medical epidemiologist assigned by CDC to Botswana, where he conducted field research on HIV-associated tuberculosis (TB).

Before joining CDC, Dr. Tappero was an Associate Professor with the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Tappero is a Captain in the USPHS, has three American Board Certifications in Internal Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Dermatology, and he earned a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley in 1990. He continues to be clinically active as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Tappero has worked extensively for HHS across four continents (North and South America, Africa and Asia) and the Caribbean, and has authored or co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications, as well as textbook chapters on HIV, TB, malaria, meningococcal disease, leptospirosis, Ebola and Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever, cholera and other emerging infections.

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