National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP)
Deron Cornell Burton, MD, JD, MPH (CAPT, USPHS)
Deron Cornell Burton, MD, JD, MPH, is the Acting Director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), and a captain in the U.S. Public Health Service. In this role, he directs the nation’s efforts to prevent HIV, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis. These infections affect millions of Americans and cause tens of thousands of deaths each year. 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.
In his permanent role, Dr. Burton is the Deputy Director of NCHHSTP where he plays a key role in formulating and implementing NCHHSTP’s goals, objectives, research, and policy, and serves as a principal advisor for the center. Dr. Burton joined CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer in 2004 and has served in a variety of roles during his CDC career.
Previously, he led the center’s Office of Health Equity to promote health equity and the reduction of health disparities among populations disproportionately affected by HIV, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, and other related conditions. Prior to joining NCHHSTP, Dr. Burton was the Team Lead for the Methodology and Analysis Team, Clinical Research Branch, in NCHHSTP’s Division of Tuberculosis Elimination. He also worked as Special Advisor for Infectious Diseases to the CDC Director, Head of International Emerging Infections Program activities in western Kenya, and Associate Director for Health Equity in CDC’s former National Center for Health Marketing.
Dr. Burton has published more than 25 journal articles and presented at numerous conferences. He received his Medical Degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2003, a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2002, and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 1995.