Mick Ballesteros, PhD

Mick Ballesteros

Branch Chief, Statistics Programming and Economics Branch, Division of Analysis, Research and Practice Integration


Areas of Expertise

  • Injury data and surveillance
  • Injury Epidemiology

Dr. Mick Ballesteros is the Branch Chief for the Statistics Programming and Economics Branch in the Injury Centers’ Division of Analysis, Research and Practice Integration. Dr. Ballesteros leads work on injury and data surveillance systems, including the Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS). WISQARS is an interactive, online database that provides fatal and nonfatal injury data from a variety of sources.

Dr. Ballesteros was previously a Senior Scientist in the Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Unit of CDC’s Center for Global Health (CGH) where he helped to develop CDC’s global NCD surveillance strategic plan, and led activities to build global NCD capacity through surveillance capacity assessments and the development of training tools and resources.

Prior to joining CGH, Dr. Ballesteros worked in Injury Center’s Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention. He supported research and program activities in the areas of drowning, poisonings, residential fires, and injuries related to motor vehicle crashes. He received a Master’s degree in Preventive Medicine and PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. He is also a graduate of CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program, and has co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed publications in medical literature, book chapters, and government reports.