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New Acting Director Announced: Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, CDC


July 17, 2013

Dear Colleague:

As we have previously announced, Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH, current Director of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP), will start as Director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, beginning July 25, 2013. We plan to move forward rapidly to identify the next permanent Director of DHAP and hope to post the position very soon.

In the meantime, we are pleased to announce that RADM Kenneth G. Castro, MD, Assistant Surgeon General, Director, Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE), has agreed to serve as Acting Director of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. Dr. Castro has served as Director of DTBE since 1993, leading CDC’s efforts to prevent and control tuberculosis (TB) in the United States and other parts of the world. He serves as co-chair of the U.S. Federal Tuberculosis Task Force, as an expert advisor to the World Health Organization and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, and a founding member of the global Stop TB Partnership.

Dr. Castro has first-hand knowledge of the long arc of the HIV epidemic. As an intern and resident in New York, he cared for persons hospitalized with life-threatening opportunistic diseases due to AIDS (before the discovery of HIV as the etiologic agent). In 1983, he was one of the first EIS officers assigned to CDC’s AIDS activity. After finishing EIS training, he became a staff medical epidemiologist working on HIV. From 1989 to 1990, he served as a special assistant to the director for science, followed by two years as the assistant chief of the epidemiology branch, in the Division of HIV/AIDS in the National Center for Infectious Diseases. Dr. Castro also worked as the assistant director for TB and HIV from May to December 1992, followed by an appointment in May to the office of the Associate Director of HIV/AIDS to coordinate CDC-wide HIV-associated tuberculosis activities. One of his contributions included the development and publication of the 1993 HIV classification system.

Dr. Castro is a physician-scientist trained in epidemiology and internal medicine with a subspecialty in infectious diseases. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1974 from the University of Puerto Rico; completed post-graduate biology studies at Northeastern University in Boston in 1976, and received his medical doctorate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, School of Medicine, in 1980. Castro went on to complete his internal medicine postgraduate training in 1983 at the residency program in social medicine at the Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. In 1989, he completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at the Emory University School of Medicine. Since the completion of his fellowship, he has continuously worked as a part-time faculty clinician at the Grady Infectious Diseases Program for persons living with HIV. He holds an adjunct clinical faculty appointment at Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases. Dr. Castro has co-authored more than 130 scientific publications and policy documents in the fields of HIV and tuberculosis.

A career officer with the U.S. Public Health Service, RADM Castro was designated Commanding Flag Officer, CDC/ATSDR Commissioned Corps in September 2008. In this capacity he acts as the Flag representative with oversight for nearly 900 Commissioned Officers at CDC/ATSDR.

We thank Dr. Castro for his willingness to serve as acting director of DHAP beginning August 19, 2013. We will announce an acting director for DTBE shortly.

Sincerely,

/Rima Khabbaz/

Rima F. Khabbaz, M.D.
Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases
Director, Office of Infectious Diseases
Acting Director, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
www.cdc.gov/nchhstp

/Jonathan Mermin/

Jonathan H. Mermin, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



 
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