About the Deputy Director
“We must get our best ideas out there. We must wrestle with the big decisions. We must strive to do the harder things. Most importantly, we must be ready to embrace the changes that will make us better. When we do, we can truly make a difference in the world of public health and save more lives.”
– Chesley Richards, MD, MPH, FACP
Chesley Richards, MD, MPH, FACP, is the CDC Deputy Director for Public Health Science and Surveillance (DDPHSS). His primary focus is on developing and leading strategies that will unlock the full potential of data for disease detection and elimination.
Dr. Richards directs four CDC centers and offices and serves as an advisor to the CDC Director. He also oversees CDC-wide efforts to transform the potential of data for surveillance, such as the Public Health Data and IT Transformation Initiative.
Previously, as CDC Deputy Director for Public Health Scientific Services and Director of the Office of Public Health Scientific Services, Dr. Richards led the development and implementation of CDC’s Surveillance Strategy to improve the agency’s public health data surveillance capabilities. Full bio >
More from Dr. Richards
- CDC Public Health Surveillance Strategy Report: 2014-2018
- Modernizing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Informatics Using Surveillance Data Platform Shared ServicesExternal Public Health Reports, 2018
- Advances in public health surveillance and information dissemination at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.External Public Health Reports, 2017
- CDC Surveillance Strategy—A strategy for improving CDC activities in public health surveillanceExternal. Online J Public Health Inform, 2015
- A new strategy for public health surveillance at CDC: improving national surveillance activities and outcomesExternal. Public Health Reports, 2014
Bridging people and technology: why population health matters Cdc-pdfExternalCdc-pdfExternalPresentation at: 8th Annual Health IT Leadership Summit, November 7, 2017