Monica Parise, MD – CAPT US Public Health Service – Director, Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria
Monica Parise, MD, is the Director of the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria (DPDM) in CDC’s Center for Global Health. Dr. Parise’s priorities are to reduce the global burden of malaria and the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs); to prevent and control parasitic diseases in the United States, including the neglected parasitic infections (NPIs); and to research better diagnostic and epidemiologic methods to more effectively prevent disease.
Dr. Parise joined CDC in 1993 as a member of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) in the Malaria Branch. After a two-year EIS rotation she completed a CDC preventive medicine residency at the Puerto Rico Department of Health—before returning to the Malaria Branch as a Medical Officer at CDC headquarters in Atlanta. While in the Malaria Branch, she served as Team Lead of both the Domestic Response Team and the Malaria in Pregnancy Team. Dr. Parise served as Chief of the Parasitic Diseases Branch from 2005–2014. She served as DPDM’s Associate Director of Science and Program from 2014–2016 before becoming DPDM Director in 2016.
Dr. Parise received her BSN and MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed a residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She completed a fellowship in infectious disease with the Infectious Disease Training Program at Harvard University, including work with Harvard School of Public Health, conducting parasitic disease research in Brazil. Dr. Parise is board certified in infectious disease and internal medicine.
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Capt. Monica Parise, MD (center), Director of the Division of Parasitic Disease and Malaria, with the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative Malaria Operational Planning team in Ethiopia, May 2017.
Capt. Monica Parise, MD, Director of the Division of Parasitic Disease and Malaria (DPDM) (right) ushers new CDC Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald (left) in to DPDM’s laboratories for a tour with DPDM Entomology Branch Chief, Dr. Bill Hawley (center).
Capt. Monica Parise, MD, Director of the Division of Parasitic Disease and Malaria with former President Jimmy Carter at a meeting of the Onchocerciasis Elimination Program of the Americas in Mexico, November 2014. Photo credit: The Carter Center.