CDC Leadership

Office of the Director

Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH

Dr. Rochelle Walensky

Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, is the 19th Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the ninth Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

 

Anne Schuchat, MD (RADM, USPHS, RET)

Patricia M. Simone, MD (CAPT, USPHS, ret.)

Anne Schuchat, MD, is the Principal Deputy Director of CDC. She has been CDC’s principal deputy director since September 2015. She served as acting CDC director from January-July 2017 and February-March 2018.

Abbigail Tumpey, MPH, CHES

Associate Director for Communication

Abbigail Tumpey, MPH, CHES, is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Acting Associate Director for Communication. When not serving as the acting director, Abbigail is the Associate Director for Communication Science for CDC’s Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services.

Robin M. Ikeda, MD, MPH (RADM, USPHS, RET)

Associate Director for Policy for CDC

Robin M. Ikeda, MD, MPH, is the Associate Director for Policy and Strategy at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  In this capacity, she supports the policy, performance, and strategy across CDC.

Sherri A. Berger, MSPH

Sherri A. Berger, MSPH

Sherri A. Berger, MSPH, is the Acting Chief of Staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this role, she provides strategic advice to the CDC Director and ensures proactive coordination of agency-wide priorities and policies in direct support of CDC’s mission.

Dia Taylor, MBA

Dia Taylor, MBA, Chief Operating Officer, CDC

Dia Taylor, MBA, is the Acting Chief Operating Officer of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of 10 major operating divisions of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this role, she oversees management, facilities, and operations at the Atlanta-based public health agency.

Jeff Reczek, MPA

Jeff Reczek, MPA

Jeff Reczek, MPA is the Director of the CDC Washington Office. He has a rich history of public service in the legislative and executive branches of the federal government as well as state government.

Reginald R. Mebane, MS

Director, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (OEEO)

Reginald R. Mebane, MS, is currently the Director of CDC’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (OEEO). As Director, Mr. Mebane is responsible for advising and counseling CDC′s executive leadership team on a variety of equal employment opportunity, diversity management, civil rights and human resources issues impacting the agency′s complex and diverse global workforce.

Mitchell Wolfe, MD, MPH (RADM, USPHS, RET)

CMO

Mitchell Wolfe, MD, MPH, is CDC’s Chief Medical Officer. In this role, Dr. Wolfe provides support to the CDC Director, and interacts with key public health partners, Congress, the White House, and other government and public health officials. In addition, he leads the development of objectives and planning for CDC’s global health strategy, footprint, and budget.

Steve Monroe, PhD

Associate Director for Laboratory Science and Safety

Steve Monroe, PhD, is the Associate Director for Laboratory Science and Safety (ADLSS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He oversees the Office of Laboratory Science and Safety (OLSS) which provides high-level oversight and coordination of critical laboratory policies and operations, particularly those associated with laboratory safety and quality management programs at all CDC campuses.

Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, MBA

Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, MBA, serves as the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C.

Deputy Director for Public Health Service and Implementation Science (DDPHSIS)

Nathaniel Smith, MD, MPH

DDPHSIS

Nathaniel Smith, MD, MPH is the Deputy Director for Public Health Service and Implementation Science (DDPHSIS) where he leads, promotes, and facilitates programs and policies that identify and respond to public health threats, improve health domestically and internationally, and puts science into action.

Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA

Associate Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE)

Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA is the Associate Director for the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this role she leads a wide range of critical functions in the agency’s work in minority health and health equity, women’s health, and diversity and inclusion management.

Rebecca Martin, PhD

Rebecca Martin, PhD

Rebecca Martin, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Global Health (CGH) at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr Martin has worked both domestically and internationally in immunization, HIV, and health system strengthening and now leads CDC’s global efforts to protect and improve health globally through science, policy, partnership, and evidence-based public health action.

Jonathan Mermin MD, MPH (RADM, USPHS)

Director, Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR)

Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH, is Acting Director of the Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR). In this role, he supports CPR’s three Divisions and the Office of the Director to prepare for, respond to, and improve performance in domestic and global public health emergencies.

José T. Montero, MD, MHCDS

Deputy Director, Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (OSTLTS)

José T. Montero, MD, MHCDS, is the Director of the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, where he oversees support to the US health departments and those serving tribal nations and insular areas. He provides leadership for key activities and technical assistance designed to improve the public health system’s capacity and performance to achieve the nation’s goals in population health.

Deputy Director for Public Health Science and Surveillance (DDPHSS)

Daniel Jernigan, MD, MPH (CAPT, USPHS, RET)

Deputy Director for Public Health Science and Surveillance (DDPHSS)

Daniel Jernigan, MD, MPH, is the Acting Deputy Director for Public Health Science and Surveillance (DDPHSS) at CDC. In this position, he is responsible for strengthening CDC’s scientific foundation by working across the Office of Science, the Office of Laboratory Science and Safety, the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services, and the National Center for Health Statistics.

Rebecca Bunnell, PhD, MEd

Rebecca Bunnell, PhD, MEd

Rebecca Bunnell, PhD, MEd is the Director of CDC’s Office of Science. Since joining CDC in 1996 as an EIS Officer in the Division of STD Prevention, Dr. Bunnell has held key CDC positions in Atlanta, California, Uganda, and Kenya.

Steve Monroe, PhD

Associate Director for Laboratory Science and Safety

Steve Monroe, PhD, is the Associate Director for Laboratory Science and Safety (ADLSS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He oversees the Office of Laboratory Science and Safety (OLSS) which provides high-level oversight and coordination of critical laboratory policies and operations, particularly those associated with laboratory safety and quality management programs at all CDC campuses.

Michael F. Iademarco, MD, MPH (RADM, USPHS)

Director, Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS)

Michael F. Iademarco, MD, MPH is Director of the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS), lead for the COVID-19 Joint Command Cell Testing and Diagnostic Workgroup at the Department of Health and Human Services, and a Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General in the U.S. Public Health Service. His expertise as a physician-scientist and laboratorian provides a strong foundation to lead CDC’s efforts to track America’s health, strengthen laboratory networks, and help public health officials identify urgent health threats.

Leslie Ann Dauphin, PhD

Leslie Dauphin, PhD

Leslie Ann Dauphin, PhD, is the Acting Director of the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where she leads CDC’s efforts to track America’s health, strengthen laboratory networks, and help public health officials identify urgent health threats.

Brian C. Moyer, PhD

Director, National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

Brian C. Moyer, PhD, is the Director for the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), which is the nation’s principal source for health statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of people. In this role, he is responsible for providing leadership for a wide-range of programs, including research and analysis in health and vital statistics, epidemiology, and related health and statistical sciences.

Deputy Director for Non-Infectious Diseases (DDNID)

Celeste Philip, MD, MPH

Celeste Philip, MD, MPH

Celeste Philip, MD, MPH, is the Deputy Director for Non-Infectious Diseases (DDNID) at CDC. In this position, she is responsible for providing leadership and guidance to CDC′s four non-infectious disease centers and helps to advance the agency’s cross-cutting, non-infectious disease priorities such as preventing prediabetes and diabetes, ending the opioid epidemic, reducing birth defects and developmental disabilities, and protecting the public’s health from environmental hazards.

Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP

Director, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)

Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP, is the Director for the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD). She has more than 30 years of experience in public health and health care, with leadership roles in the public and private sectors. Her “north star” has always been children and families, and she has shaped her career around helping every family have the best opportunity for health and well-being.

Karen Hacker, MD, MPH

Director, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP)

Karen Hacker, MD, MPH, is the Director of CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), a position she assumed in August 2019. NCCDPHP has an annual budget of about $1.2 billion and more than 1,000 staff members dedicated to preventing chronic diseases and promoting health across the life span.

Patrick Breysse, PhD, CIH

Director, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR)

Pat Breysse, PhD, CIH, joined CDC in December 2014 as the Director of NCEH/ATSDR. Dr. Breysse leads CDC’s efforts to investigate the relationship between environmental factors and health. He came to CDC from the Johns Hopkins University where he served as Associate Chair for Educational Programs within the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Program Director for the Industrial Hygiene Training Program, and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Childhood Asthma in the Urban Environment.

Debra Houry, MD, MPH

Director, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)

Debra Houry, MD, MPH, is the Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at CDC. In this role, Dr. Houry leads innovative research and science-based programs to prevent injuries and violence and to reduce their consequences. She joined the CDC in October 2014. She has previously served as Vice-Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and as Associate Professor in the Departments of Behavioral Science and Health Education and in Environmental Health at the Rollins School of Public Health.

Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases (DDID)

Jay C. Butler, MD (CAPT, USPHS, RET)

Deputy Director, Office of Infectious Diseases (OID)

Jay C. Butler, MD is the Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases. In this capacity, he provides leadership to the efforts of CDC’s three infectious disease national centers and helps to advance the agency’s cross-cutting infectious disease priorities.

Nancy Messonnier, MD

Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)

Nancy Messonnier, MD, is the Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) and is currently leading CDC’s efforts on COVID-19 vaccine. In late 2019, Dr. Messonnier directed NCIRD to activate a center-based response to an unknown respiratory disease in China that later transitioned to a full agency response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the COVID-19 response, Dr. Messonnier is leading the effort to support the COVID-19 vaccine program in the areas of distribution, administration, implementation, safety, and access for hard-to-reach populations with the goal of ensuring that a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is available to every American who wants one.

Rima F. Khabbaz, MD

Director, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)

Rima F. Khabbaz, MD, is the Director of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID). In this capacity she helps to advance the agency’s cross-cutting infectious disease priorities, including the integration of advance molecular detection (AMD) technologies into public health. She served as CDC Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases and Director of the Office of Infectious Diseases (OID) from 2010 to 2017 where she provided leadership to the efforts of CDC’s three infectious disease national centers.

Deron Cornell Burton, MD, JD, MPH (CAPT, USPHS)

Director, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP)

Deron Cornell Burton, MD, JD, MPH, is the Acting Director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), and a captain in the U.S. Public Health Service. In this role, he directs the nation’s efforts to prevent HIV, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis. These infections affect millions of Americans and cause tens of thousands of deaths each year.

Page last reviewed: April 11, 2021