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 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.

CSELS serves as the scientific backbone of CDC and the U.S. public health system. CSELS contains many of CDC’s core scientific services and products, including the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), critical disease surveillance systems, clinical laboratory systems, and CDC’s workforce and fellowship pipeline such as the Epidemic Intelligence Service and Laboratory Leadership Service.

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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