Executive Leadership & Expert Bios
Areas of Expertise
- Laboratory diagnostics
- Laboratory capacity
Toby Merlin, MD
Behavioral Scientist, Surveillance Branch, Division of Violence Prevention, NCIPC
Director, Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections, NCEZID
Toby L. Merlin, MD is the director of the Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Disease. In this role, he is responsible for the CDC's Laboratory Response Network (LRN), infectious disease emergency response coordination, and Emerging Infections Epidemiology and Laboratory capacity programs, Health Economics and Modeling Unit, and Arctic Investigations Program. He previously served as deputy director of the Influenza Coordination Unit and served as Deputy Incident Commander of CDC's Response to 2009 H1N1 Influenza.
Dr. Merlin received his BA in philosophy from Yale College and his MD from the University of Florida. He served an internship at Stanford University Hospital and completed his training in pathology at the University of New Mexico.
From 1984 to 1992, he served on the faculty of the departments of Pathology and Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, where he performed research in the molecular mechanisms of antibiotic resistance and was associate professor of Pathology, vice-chairman of the Department of Pathology, and chief of Laboratory Services at the Veterans Administration Hospital. Dr. Merlin has been a member and Chair of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC). He has also served on the editorial boards of Human Pathology and the International Journal of Surgical Pathology, as well as various test committees on the National Board of Medical Examiners and committees of Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute.
Dr. Merlin joined CDC in 2003 from Lovelace Health Systems in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he served as senior vice-president and chief medical officer and an officer of the Board of Directors. Dr. Merlin also served as chair of the Department of Laboratories and an elected member of the Medical Practice Board.
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