Acting Associate Director for Laboratory Science and Safety

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

Director, Office of Laboratory Science and Safety (OLSS)

Michael F. Iademarco, MD, MPH is a Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General in the U.S. Public Health Service serving on detail as the Acting Associate Director for Laboratory Science and Safety (ADLSS) which also directs the Office of Laboratory Science and Safety (OLSS). While away from his position as Director of the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS), he oversees OLSS, which provides high-level accountability and coordination of critical laboratory policies and operations, particularly those associated with laboratory safety and quality management programs at all CDC campuses.

Dr. Iademarco’s work in laboratory science and safety includes collaborating across the agency to ensure a culture of laboratory quality; training staff in safe investigation of pathogens that pose significant threats to the public’s health; and overseeing international outbreak responses. Dr. Iademarco’s experiences will be leveraged in his current role with OLSS. His expertise as a physician-scientist and laboratorian has provided 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.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Iademarco served as Laboratory Branch Chief of CDC’s Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, where he oversaw clinical laboratory referral services and helped strengthen laboratory capacity building. From 2006 to 2010, he was the Department of Health and Human Services Health Attaché at the U.S. Mission in Vietnam, where he coordinated U.S. health activities for the Embassy and was the in-country representative for the Office of the Secretary. In 2011, Dr. Iademarco was awarded a Government of Vietnam medal by the country’s prime minister in part for his work against HIV/AIDS. In addition, he served as Associate Director for Science for the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, where he oversaw the issuance of major TB guidelines.

Dr. Iademarco obtained his undergraduate degrees from Franklin & Marshall College in mathematics and chemistry, medical degree from the University of Virginia, and master’s degree in public health from Saint Louis University. He trained clinically and in research at Temple University Hospital in internal medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in pulmonary medicine. Prior to joining CDC, he was a faculty member of Washington University in St. Louis. He served as an attending physician at the Atlanta Veterans Administration Medical Center Medical Intensive Care Unit for 18 years and currently is an adjunct faculty member of Emory University. He is married with two children who just graduated from college.

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