Executive Leadership & Expert Bios
Lyle R. Petersen, MD, MPH
Areas of Expertise
- West Nile Virus
- Vector-borne Infectious Diseases
Director, Division of Vector-borne Infectious Diseases, NCEZID
Lyle R. Petersen, MD, MPH, has served as the director of the Division of Vector-borne Diseases (DVBD) in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) since 2004. The division supports CDC’s mission to protect the American public from exotic and domestic bacterial and viral pathogens transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, and other vectors.
Dr. Petersen began his career at CDC in the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) in 1985. After his EIS training, he joined CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS where he worked until 1995. During that time, he completed CDC’s Preventive Medicine Residency Program, received a Masters of Public Health degree from Emory University, and served in several posts, including chief of the HIV Seroepidemiology Branch. In 1996, Dr. Petersen accepted an assignment in Germany where he guided that country’s efforts in creating a new national infectious disease epidemiology program at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin. In 2000 he returned to the United States to serve as the deputy director for science in the Division of Vector-borne Diseases.
Dr. Petersen received an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of California, San Diego and a medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco where he was awarded a Regent’s Scholarship. After medical school, Dr. Petersen completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Stanford University. He then joined Tulane University′s tropical medicine research efforts in Cali, Colombia.
Dr. Petersen has been the recipient of several scientific awards including the Charles B. Shepard Science Award, the Alexander D. Langmuir Award, James H. Nakano Citation, and twice the HHS Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service. He serves on the editorial boards of two medical journals and is a member of the Faculty of 1000. Dr. Petersen’s current research focuses on the epidemiology of arboviral and bacterial vector-borne zoonoses. He has authored more than 175 scientific publications.
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