Who We Are

The Public Health Informatics Office (PHIO) in CDC’s Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS) is reimagining a better data and information superhighway to protect Americans from health threats.

To achieve this, PHIO is partnering with

  • Private sector professionals to provide cutting edge innovative solutions that streamline data,
  • Hospitals to obtain electronic case reports for urgent public health threats,
  • Technical experts to solve real data exchange challenges with electronic health records, and
  • Local, state, and federal public health agencies to address their informatics needs.

 

PHIO Leadership

Adi V. Gundlapalli, MD, PhD, MS – Chief Public Health Informatics Officer
Adi V. Gundlapalli, MD, PhD, MS
Chief Public Health Informatics Officer
Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services

Dr. Gundlapalli is the Chief of the Public Health Informatics Office. He is a physician and informatician who serves as the Chief Public Health Informatics Officer of the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services. He leads an interdisciplinary team that enhances informatics capability to meet public health’s evolving data and information needs. For CDC’s COVID-19 response, Dr. Gundlapalli led the Data, Analytics, and Visualization Task Force (DAV TF) and stood up and led the Innovation, Technology, and Analytics Section under DAV TF. He oversaw initiatives aimed at advancing CDC’s data acquisition, analytics, and visualization capabilities to increase understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic and trends using traditional, new, and non-traditional data sources.

Prior to coming to CDC, Dr. Gundlapalli was the Chief Health Informatics Officer for the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System and infectious diseases staff physician in Utah. He was a tenured professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine and a physician at University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics. He is board certified in internal medicine, infectious diseases, and clinical informatics. His clinical and research interests include infectious diseases, clinical immunology, bio-surveillance (and biodefense), preparedness for public health emergencies, infection prevention and hospital epidemiology, and healthcare for vulnerable populations.

Dr. Gundlapalli received his medical degree from the Madras Medical College in Madras (now called Chennai), India. He received further training at the University of Connecticut Health Center where he earned a PhD in immunology and completed an internal medicine residency. In Utah he completed a three-year clinical and research fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Utah School of Medicine and a master’s degree (with a thesis) in biomedical informatics.

 

Cory Ferdon
Corinne Ferdon, PhD, MS
Deputy Director
Public Health Informatics Office, CSELS

Corinne “Cory” Ferdon is Deputy Director of the Public Health Informatics Office. Dr. Ferdon provides leadership and oversight of management and operations activities that support health information impact and advisory services. Dr. Ferdon joined CDC in 2004 and was previously the Deputy Associate Director for Science in the Division of Violence Prevention within the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. She was also a Lead Scientist for violence prevention activities and led CDC’s Academic Centers of Excellence on Youth Violence Prevention. Dr. Ferdon has served in other CDC scientific leadership and management positions, including CDC’s Adolescent Health Goal Team Leader and the Acting Deputy Director for CDC’s Office of Science Quality.

Prior to coming to CDC, she was an assistant professor at Emory University School of Medicine. She provided services and conducted research at Grady Hospital’s Pediatric HIV/AIDS and Sickle Cell clinics and was the Director of Psychological Services at an adolescent reproductive health clinic. She earned her MS and PhD in clinical psychology from Florida State University in Tallahassee.


Laura A Conn
Laura A. Conn, MPH
Unit Chief, Health Information Impact Unit
Public Health Informatics Office, CSELS

Laura A. Conn is the Unit Chief for PHIO’s Health Information Impact Unit. Ms. Conn strategically leads innovative health information and data solutions that impact public health. She has led electronic case reporting (eCR) activities, including rapidly scaling up eCR for COVID-19 and establishing a model for other reportable health conditions. Ms. Conn joined CDC in 1994 and was previously the Director of Health Information Strategy for CSELS. She was also the Acting Deputy Director in the Public Health Surveillance and Informatics Program Office and Governance Lead for the National Biosurveillance Advisory Subcommittee. Laura holds an MPH in epidemiology from Emory University in Atlanta.

 

Aaron Harris
Aaron M. Harris, MD, MPH, FACP
Unit Chief, Public Health Modernization Advisory Unit
Public Health Informatics Office, CSELS

Aaron M. Harris is the Unit Chief of PHIO’s Public Health Modernization Advisory Unit. Dr. Harris strategically leads engagement and advisement activities supporting internal and external requests to meet informatics challenges. Dr. Harris joined CDC as an EIS (Epidemic Intelligence Service) Officer in the Respiratory Disease Branch in 2012. He responded to multiple respiratory disease outbreaks, served on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ workgroup developing policy for the use of pneumococcal vaccines, including using the ABCs surveillance data to update national policy. After EIS, he joined the Division of Viral Hepatitis as a Medical Epidemiologist and later as Team Lead in 2018. He served as a subject matter expert in Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, led national viral hepatitis prevention efforts, policy development, and applied the use of clinical informatics to monitor viral hepatitis care cascades and implementation of CDC’s recommendations.

Dr. Harris is board certified in clinical informatics and internal medicine, currently practices internal medicine, and teaches fellows, residents, and medical students as adjunct faculty at Emory University. He completed his MD and MPH at Tufts University School of Medicine, and residency at Emory University School of Medicine.

We invite you to learn more about CSELS and CDC’s data modernization initiative.

Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services

Public Health Data Modernization Initiative

Page last reviewed: February 3, 2021