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CDC Director

Brenda Fitzgerald, MD

Brenda Fitzgerald, MD

Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, was appointed as the 17th Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and as the Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry on July 7, 2017.

 

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Principal Deputy Director of CDC

Anne Schuchat, MD (RADM, USPHS)

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

Anne Schuchat, MD, began her public health career in 1988 when she came to CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer. She is currently CDC principal deputy director, a role she has held since 2015. She served as acting CDC director from January-July 2017 and was director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases from 2006-2015.

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CDC Staff Offices

Associate Director for Communication

Katherine Lyon Daniel, PhD

Associate Director for Communication

Katherine Lyon Daniel, PhD, is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Associate Director for Communication, and is responsible for providing guidance and leadership in the development and implementation of CDC′s communication strategies. She leads the agency’s external and internal communication aimed at putting the best information available into the hands of people who need it to protect their health or the health of others.

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Associate Director for Laboratory Science and Safety

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 the Associate Director for Laboratory Science and Safety (OADLSS) 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.

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Acting Associate Director for Policy

Von Nguyen, MD, MPH

Associate Director for Policy for CDC

Von Nguyen, MD, MPH, is serving as the Acting Associate Director for Policy at the Centers for Disease Control for Prevention (CDC). In this capacity, he supports the policy agenda across CDC and manages the CDC’s efforts to promote collaboration between the public health and health care delivery systems.

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Acting Associate Director for Science

William R. Mac Kenzie, MD (CAPT, USPHS)

William R. Mac Kenzie (CAPT, USPHS)

William R. Mac Kenzie, MD, is the Acting Associate Director for Science at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Mac Kenzie has had a distinguished career at CDC and serving state and local public health organizations.

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Acting Director, CDC Washington Office

Karyn Richman, MPA

Karyn Richman, MPA

Karyn Richman, MPA, currently serves as the Acting Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Washington, D.C. Office. Ms. Richman joined the CDC as the Deputy Director of the Washington Office in May 2014.

CDC Washington translates public health developments to the Washington-based policy community, provides strategic direction and support for CDC leadership, and delivers technical assistance on legislation that impacts CDC programs.

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Chief Operating Officer

Sherri A. Berger, MSPH

Sherri A. Berger, MSPH, Chief Operating Officer, CDC

Sherri A. Berger, MSPH, became Chief Operating Officer (COO) 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 August 2011. As COO, she oversees management, facilities, and operations at the Atlanta-based public health agency. She provides substantial strategic direction for CDC’s workforce and budget, while ensuring CDC has proper resources to fulfill its critical work to save lives and protect people from health threats.

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Director, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (OEEO)

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.

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

Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA

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

Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA, serves as Associate Director for Minority Health and Health Equity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this role, she oversees the work of CDC’s Offices of Minority Health & Health Equity and Women’s Health, and of Diversity & Inclusion Management. Dr. Liburd has decades of experience in community health, health disparities, and social determinants of health.

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Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support

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

José T. Montero, MD, MHCDS

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

José T. Montero, MD, MHCDS, is the CDC Deputy Director responsible for overseeing support to the US health departments, tribal nations, and insular areas, and the Director of the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS). He oversees key activities and technical assistance designed to improve the public health system’s capacity and performance in an era of health reform.

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Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR)

Director, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR)

Stephen C. Redd, MD (RADM, USPHS)

Director, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR)

Stephen Redd, MD, is the Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This office is responsible for all of CDC’s public health preparedness and response activities.

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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

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.

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Center for Global Health (CGH)

Director, Center for Global Health (CGH)

Rebecca Martin, PhD

Acting Director, Center for Global Health (CGH)

Rebecca Martin, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Global Health (CGH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since 2012, Dr. Martin has served as the Director for the Global Immunization Division, in CGH, which leads CDC’s global polio eradication efforts, accelerated disease control for vaccine-preventable diseases, introduction of new and underutilized vaccines, and the strengthening of immunization systems.

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Office of Public Health Scientific Services (OPHSS)

Deputy Director, Office of Public Health Scientific Services (OPHSS)

Chesley Richards, MD, MPH, FACP

Deputy Director, Office of Public Health Scientific Services (OPHSS)

Chesley Richards, MD, MPH, FACP, is the CDC Deputy Director for the Office of Public Health Scientific Services (OPHSS). OPHSS is comprised of the National Center for Health Statistics and the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services (CSELS – proposed). Previously, Dr. Richards served as Director for the Immunization Services Division in the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at CDC.

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

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

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

Michael F. Iademarco, MD, MPH, is the first permanent director of the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CSELS provides scientific service, expertise, skills, and tools in support of CDC’s mission. CSELS contains many of CDC’s core scientific services and products, including the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), The Community Guide, Epi InfoTM, the Epidemic Intelligence Service, the CDC Learning Connection, Stephen B. Thacker CDC Library, and crucial national disease surveillance systems.

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Director, National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

Charles J. Rothwell, MBA, MS

Director, National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

Charles J. Rothwell, MBA, MS, serves as the director for the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). His center conducts a number of nationwide surveys that provide information on health status and on the healthcare system. He came to Federal government service in 1987 as Associate Director of NCHS responsible for IT and information services of the Center.

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Office of Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury and Environmental Health (ONDIEH)

Deputy Director, Office of Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury and Environmental Health (ONDIEH)

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

Deputy Director, Office of Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury and Environmental Health (ONDIEH)

Robin M. Ikeda, MD, MPH, is the CDC Deputy Director for Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury, and Environmental Health and the Director of the Office of Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury, and Environmental Health (ONDIEH). In this position, she is responsible for providing leadership and guidance to the CDC′s four noncommunicable disease centers and helps to advance the agency’s cross-cutting non-infectious disease priorities such as mental health, health outcomes associated with marijuana use, and the prevention of non-occupational hearing loss.

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

Coleen A. Boyle, PhD, MSHyg

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

Coleen A. Boyle, PhD, MSHyg, serves as Director of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at CDC. Dr. Boyle began her career at CDC in 1984 as part of a large effort to study the adverse health effects of exposure to Agent Orange, a herbicide used during the Vietnam War.

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

Ursula E. Bauer, PhD, MPH

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

Ursula E. Bauer, PhD, MPH, is the Director of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), a position she assumed on January 4, 2010.  Prior to becoming Director of NCCDPHP, Dr. Bauer held various chronic disease prevention leadership positions at the New York State Department of Health, the Florida Department of Health, and the Louisiana Office of Public Health, where she was stationed as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer.

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

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.

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

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.

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Office of Infectious Diseases (OID)

Acting Deputy Director, Office of Infectious Diseases (OID)

Rima Khabbaz, MD

Deputy Director, Office of Infectious Diseases (OID)

Rima Khabbaz, MD, is currently serving as the acting CDC Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases and the acting Director of the Office of Infectious Diseases (OID). She is also the Director for the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID). In these positions, she provides leadership to the efforts of CDC’s infectious disease national centers and helps to advance the Agency’s cross-cutting infectious disease priorities including the integration of advanced molecular detection (AMD) technologies into public health.

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

Nancy Messonnier, MD (CAPT, USPHS)

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

Nancy Messonnier, MD, is the Director for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). Since beginning her public health career in 1995 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID), Dr. Messonnier has held a number of leadership posts across CDC and within NCIRD.

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

Rima Khabbaz, MD

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

Rima Khabbaz, MD, is the Director of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID).  She also is currently serving as the acting CDC Director for Infectious Diseases and acting Director of the Office of Infectious Diseases (OID). In these positions, she provides leadership to the efforts of CDC’s infectious disease national centers and helps to advance the Agency’s cross-cutting infectious disease priorities including the integration of advanced molecular detection (AMD) technologies into public health.

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

Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH (RADM, USPHS)

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

Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH, is the Director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). From 2009-2013, Dr. Mermin served as Director of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, NCHHSTP. Under his leadership, the Division spearheaded a new approach to HIV prevention, called High Impact Prevention, that aligned funding with epidemiology and ensured program and research activities had the greatest effect on reducing incidence and improving health equity.

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