Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance (DHIS)
Informatics Research & Development Activity
Tom Savel, MD
Thomas G. Savel, MD, serves as director of the Informatics Research and Development Activity. In this role he collaborates with CDC staff and the broader public health community to develop, test, and evaluate innovative technologies and techniques that show potential to improve public health practice.
Dr. Savel is co-chair of the Innovation and New Technology Subcommittee under CDC's Information Resources Governance Council. He also is an affiliated (adjunct) professor in the Applied Public Health office at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University.
Dr. Savel has direct experience developing, using, and implementing clinical and public health information systems. He also is experienced in media and communications, having served as a technology columnist for American Medical News and an on-air technology consultant for the Fox News affiliate in Houston, Texas.
Dr. Savel has a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and an MD degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is a graduate of CDC's Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program. He has clinical training in family medicine and general surgery, and he maintains an active medical license in Georgia.