Director, Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development, Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services
Patricia M. Simone, MD
Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development
Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services
Patricia M. Simone, MD is the director of the Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she leads public health training and education programs, strengthening the public health workforce — from training the current workforce, to offering in-depth, on-the-job fellowships (such as the Epidemic Intelligence Service for training disease detectives), to attracting students and early career professionals to the field of public health.
Dr. Simone received her Bachelor of Science degree from Stanford University and her medical degree from the University of Tennessee in Memphis. She completed her residency at Vanderbilt University and infectious disease fellowship at the University of Colorado and the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine with a focus on tuberculosis and multidrug resistant tuberculosis.
She joined CDC in 1992 in the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, later serving as the chief of the Field Services Branch. She has also held CDC positions as the chief of the Prevention Support Office in the Office of the Director, National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention; associate director for science, Division of Global Migration and Quarantine during the response to SARS; and associate director for program development, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion. During 2005–2010, she was the director of the Division of Public Health Systems and Workforce Development, providing leadership in building Ministry of Health capacity internationally through the Field Epidemiology Training Program and the Sustainable Management Development Program. Dr. Simone served as principal deputy director of the CDC Center for Global Health from 2010 to 2013. In 2013, Dr. Simone retired as a Captain from the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. In 2017, she served as acting principal deputy for CDC during the transition of the new administration until the arrival of the new CDC director. In 2020–2021, Dr. Simone served as the acting deputy director and, subsequently, the acting director of the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services during CDC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.