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Deputy Director, Office of Infectious Diseases (OID)

Sonja Rasmussen, MD, MS

Deputy Director, Office of Infectious Diseases (OID)

Sonja Rasmussen, MD, MS, is the CDC Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases and Director of the Office of Infectious Diseases. In these positions, she provides leadership to the efforts of CDC’s infectious disease national centers and helps to advance the agency’s cross-cutting infectious disease priorities.

Dr. Rasmussen joined CDC in 1998 and since then, has provided significant scientific expertise and leadership. Most recently, Dr. Rasmussen was the Director of the Division of Public Health Information Dissemination in the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS) and the Editor-in-Chief of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Series.  Earlier, Dr. Rasmussen served as the Acting Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR), and, from 2011-2014, she served as Deputy Director of the Influenza Coordination Unit.  She has also held several positions in the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, including Medical Officer, Associate Director for Science, and Senior Scientist. While there, she worked collaboratively with other experts across CDC on pandemic planning efforts for pregnant women, and these efforts guided CDC recommendations for pregnant women during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.

Dr. Rasmussen received her BS in Biology and Mathematics magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, her MS degree in Medical Genetics from the University of Wisconsin, and her MD degree with honors from the University of Florida. She completed her pediatrics residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and fellowships in clinical genetics at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Florida. She is board certified in pediatrics and clinical genetics and has authored or coauthored over 200 peer-reviewed papers.