Grigorescu - Leadership

Violanda Grigorescu, MD, MSPH

Violanda Grigorescu, MD, MSPH

Chief, Partnerships and Evaluation Branch

Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance

Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services

Deputy Director for Public Health Science and Surveillance

Violanda Grigorescu, MD, MSPH, is chief of the Partnerships and Evaluation Branch in the Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance (DHIS). Under her leadership, the branch contributes to each of the three key DHIS initiatives: Data Hub, National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP), and National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS).

Examples of branch activities include implementation of Data Hub services for data acquisition, technical assistance, and analytics and group consultation and collaboration on scientific projects; management and coordination of NSSP cooperative agreements with 31 jurisdictions, including annual meetings with funding recipients; and NNDSS onboarding activities focused on helping jurisdictions submit timely and accurate HL7 case notification messages, the backbone of successful notifiable diseases reporting and management.

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.

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 re-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. Under her leadership, the division had a significant impact on state public health policies and published multiple reports and scientific papers.

Previously, she worked with CDC as a senior epidemiologist fellow, a position she held after being an epidemiologist at the Jefferson County Health Department in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dr. Grigorescu also 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. She is an ob/gyn by background, with specialization in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.

Throughout her career, she has conducted many epidemiology and research studies that informed healthcare decision making and has published in numerous peer review journals.

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.

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