Associate Director for Data Science, Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services
Charles M. (Chad) Heilig, PhD
Associate Director for Data Science
Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services
Public Health Science and Surveillance
Charles M. (Chad) Heilig, Ph.D., is the Associate Director for Data Science in the CSELS Office of the Director. This new role will help CSELS apply and integrate data sciences in public health practice and research to better serve the CDC science community around data and surveillance issues, support the CDC Surveillance Strategy, ensure ethical stewardship of our many data repositories, and promote efforts to analyze, interpret, and present evidence from data. Chad came to us from the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, where he served as Lead Methodologist of the Data Management and Statistics Branch. There he led planning and integration of data sciences within DTBE, mentored students and fellows in data sciences, and spearheaded Tuberculosis Trial Consortium efforts to strengthen the design, analysis, inference, and interpretation of clinical trials for treating latent and active tuberculosis. Previously, Chad worked within the Office of the Chief Science Officer (now the Office of the Associate Director for Science) on research ethics and human subject research protections and with the Division of Reproductive Health on issues around the health of women with or at risk for HIV. He joined CDC in 2000. He holds a Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of California, Berkeley.