Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR)

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. CPR enhances CDC, state, and local health department preparedness and response capacity; ensures lifesaving research with select agents and toxins including poliovirus is conducted safely and securely; and develops scientific principles, tools, and the next generation of public health preparedness professionals and leaders. Dr. Mermin is a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service.

In his permanent position at CDC, he oversees the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). NCHHSTP focuses on high impact prevention strategies that are cost-effective, scalable, and grounded in the latest research. These strategies save lives, save money, reduce health disparities, and protect the health of all Americans. From 2009-2013, Dr. Mermin directed CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. He previously served as Director of CDC-Kenya and HHS Public Health Attaché for the U.S. Embassy from 2006-2009, and as Director of CDC-Uganda from 1999-2006.

Dr. Mermin began his career at CDC in 1995 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer with the Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases Branch. He completed an internal medicine residency at San Francisco General Hospital and a preventive medicine residency at CDC and the California Department of Health Services. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford University School of Medicine, and received his Master of Public Health from Emory University. He has co-authored more than 200 scientific articles. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Emory University School of Public Health.

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