Christina Mikosz, MD

Christina Mikosz

Lead Medical Officer, Division of Overdose Prevention


Areas of Expertise

  • Overdose Prevention
  • Health System Interventions

Dr. Christina Mikosz is a Lead Medical Officer in the Health Systems and Research Branch in the Division of Overdose Prevention, where she leads the Clinical Practice Team. She joined CDC’s Injury Center in 2016 and has led many efforts related to the dissemination of the 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain especially around clinician education and training on safer opioid prescribing, and she conducts research on opioid prescribing practices, substance use disorder treatment, and drug overdose, among other topics.

Dr. Mikosz has served CDC and multiple city/county public health jurisdictions in various capacities over a 20-year period. She completed internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California – San Francisco, later joining the hospital medicine faculty at UCSF, and is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Public Health/General Preventive Medicine. She received her BA from Northwestern University, graduated Delta Omega from the University of Illinois at Chicago with an MPH in Epidemiology, graduated Alpha Omega Alpha from Rush Medical College with her MD, and also previously served as a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer. Dr. Mikosz is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and holds an adjunct faculty position in the Emory University School of Medicine.