National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR)
Robin M. Ikeda, MD, MPH, is the Acting Director for the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. As part of this role, Dr. Ikeda leads CDC’s efforts to investigate the relationship between environmental factors and health. She is also the Associate Director for Policy and Strategy at CDC where she supports the policy, performance, and strategy across CDC.
Dr. Ikeda began her public health career as a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer assigned to the Bureau of Communicable Disease Control at the New York State Department of Health. She loved that assignment and public health so much that she moved her family to Atlanta, where she worked on injury prevention issues such as youth violence, suicide, and motor vehicle crashes at CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). Since then, she has held a range of positions at the agency, serving as Associate Director for Science at NCIPC, Associate Director for Science at CDC’s Epidemiology Program Office, Acting Director for NCIPC, and Acting Director for the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
Dr. Ikeda received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, her MD from Cornell University Medical College, and her Master of Public Health degree (Epidemiology) from the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and holds the rank of Rear Admiral in the United States Public Health Service. Dr. Ikeda lives in Atlanta with her husband and has two daughters in college.