Grigorescu - Leadership
Violanda Grigorescu, MD, MSPH
Chief, Partnerships and Evaluation Branch
Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance
Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services
Office of Public Health Scientific Services
Violanda Grigorescu, MD, MSPH, is chief of the Partnerships and Evaluation Branch in the Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance (DHIS). In this position, Dr. Grigorescu leads the branch’s work toward meeting its mission to enhance stakeholders’ capacity and public health evidence-based decision making through technical assistance and expertise on evaluation and epidemiology, with a focus on the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS), National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP), and Data Hub. Under her leadership, the branch has had significant contributions to each of these three key initiatives that require expertise and commitment in providing guidance and working in partnership with states, federal and non-federal agencies, and other external entities. Examples of branch accomplishments include implementation of Data Hub coordinated services, including analytical technical assistance and group consultation; NNDSS onboarding activities focused on helping jurisdictions submit timely and accurate HL7 messages, the backbone of successful notifiable diseases reporting and management; and management of NSSP cooperative agreements with 31 jurisdictions, including two successful annual meetings with the funding recipients. As a result, branch staff have been nominated for and received center and agency honor awards.
Dr. Grigorescu has many years of public health experience as an epidemiologist and leader. She has held different positions at the local, state, and federal levels. She is a pioneer in data linkages and a champion in implementing complex public health programs and surveillance systems in collaboration with colleagues from healthcare and academia.
Prior to joining DHIS, Dr. Grigorescu served as chief of the Applied Sciences Branch in the Division of Reproductive Health (DRH), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC. In that capacity she oversaw several key initiatives such as the Pregnancy Risk Assessment and Monitoring System (PRAMS) new design, including the implementation of a web-based integrated data collection system and open data platform, and teen pregnancy prevention.
Before her position in DRH, Dr. Grigorescu was director of the Division of Genomics Perinatal Health and Chronic Disease Epidemiology in the Bureau of Epidemiology at the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH). The division was responsible for programs such as cancer genomics and newborn screening follow-up and epidemiology/surveillance systems, including two surveys (PRAMS and Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System), registries (lupus and stroke), maternal and child health and chronic disease epidemiology, and data linkages projects. Under her leadership, the division had a significant impact on state public health policies and published multiple reports and scientific papers.
In early 2000, she was a senior epidemiologist fellow in the CDC DRH and responsible for increasing state public health noninfectious epidemiology and surveillance capacity. Previously, she held an epidemiologist position at the Jefferson County Health Department in Louisville, Kentucky, where she evaluated Healthy Start, a federally funded program, and implemented new programs such as Fetal and Infant Mortality Review.
Throughout her career, Dr. Grigorescu has conducted many epidemiology studies that informed decision making and has published in numerous peer review journals. In addition, she brings to public health a rich clinical background based on many years of clinical practice in different European healthcare systems, including government-subsidized hospitals and private clinics.
Dr. Grigorescu received her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iasi, Romania, and her Master of Science in Public Health degree from the University of Louisville, Kentucky.