Acting Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases (DDID)

Anne Schuchat, MD (RADM, USPHS, RET)

Deputy Director, Office of Infectious Diseases (OID)

Anne Schuchat, MD, is the Acting Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases. In this capacity, she provides leadership to the efforts of CDC’s three infectious disease national centers and helps to advance the agency’s cross-cutting infectious disease priorities. Dr. Shcuchat is also the Principal Deputy Director of CDC—a role she has held since September 2015.

Dr. Schuchat has also served as acting CDC director from January-July 2017 and February-March 2018; director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases from 2006-2015; and Chief of the Respiratory Diseases Branch from 1998-2005. She joined CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer in 1988.

Dr. Schuchat played key roles in CDC emergency responses including the 2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza response, the 2003 SARS outbreak in Beijing, and the 2001 bioterrorist anthrax response. Globally, she has worked on meningitis, pneumonia and Ebola vaccine trials in West Africa, and conducted surveillance and prevention projects in South Africa.

Dr. Schuchat graduated from Swarthmore College and Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine and completed her residency and chief residency in internal medicine at NYU’s Manhattan VA Hospital. Upon completing 30 years of service in 2018, Dr. Schuchat retired from the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service at the rank of Rear Admiral.

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