National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)
Christopher Braden, MD, is the acting director of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID). A medical epidemiologist at CDC, Dr. Braden served as deputy director for NCEZID, director of the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases; associate director for science in the Division of Parasitic Diseases; and chief of outbreak response and surveillance within the Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch, Division of Foodborne, Bacterial, and Mycotic Diseases at the National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases. Dr. Braden also served as a medical epidemiologist in CDC’s Division of Tuberculosis Elimination.
Dr. Braden earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Cornell University in 1983 and medical degree at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 1987. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine, and then a fellowship in infectious diseases at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston. He went on to become an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer at CDC in 1993. He served as a commissioned officer in the US Public Health Service, and he is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American Epidemiological Society, and an associate editor for the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal.
An author of more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and textbook chapters, Dr. Braden’s major areas of interest include molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases, infectious diseases surveillance and outbreak investigation, and national programs on food safety.