CDC Virtual Event: Commemorating 70 Years of CDC Disease Detectives on the Front Lines of Public Health

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Contact: Media Relations
(404) 639-3286

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will hold a virtual celebration marking the 70th anniversary of its Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program. From the threat of biological warfare in the 1950s to the COVID-19 pandemic of today, CDC’s EIS officers—better known as CDC’s elite “disease detectives”—have served on the front lines of public health investigating threats in the United States and around the world.


  • Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, Director, CDC
  • Anne Schuchat, MD (RADM, USPHS, RET), Principal Deputy Director, CDC
  • William H. Foege, MD, MPH, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient and former Director, CDC
  • Patricia M. Simone, MD, Director, Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development, CDC
  • Eric Pevzner, PhD, MPH (CAPT, USPHS), Chief, EIS Program, CDC
  • Kenneth G. Castro, MD, FIDSA (RADM, USPHS, RET), Senior Scientific Advisor on Global Tuberculosis, USAID
  • Susan Y. Chu, PhD, MSPH, Senior Epidemiologist, Global Immunization Division, CDC
  • Jennifer McQuiston, DVM, MS (CAPT, USPHS), Deputy Director, Division of High Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, CDC
  • Lynn A. Paxton, MD, MPH, District Health Director, Fulton County Board of Health
  • Sara Russell Rodriguez, MSN, MPH, RN, Wisconsin State Representative, 13th Assembly District
  • Seema Yasmin, MD, Director, Stanford Health Communication Initiative, Stanford University
  • Isaac Benowitz, MD, Medical Officer, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, CDC

1:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET, Friday, June 4, 2021

§  1:00 – 1:05 p.m. ET Welcome EIS Chief Dr. Eric Pevzner (EIS Class of 2005)


§  1:05 – 1:15 p.m. ET Opening Remarks CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky


§  1:15 – 1:20 p.m. ET Langmuir Lecture Introduction CDC Principal Deputy Director

Dr. Anne Schuchat (EIS Class of 1988)


§  1:20 – 1:50 p.m. ET Langmuir Lecture Former CDC Director Dr. Bill Foege (EIS Class of 1962)


§  1:50 – 2:00 p.m. ET Video Tribute

(part 1)


Reflections from EIS officers and alumni


§  2:00 – 2:05 p.m. ET Panel Introduction CDC Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development Director Dr. Pattie Simone


§  2:05 – 2:50 p.m. ET Panel Discussion Moderator:

Dr. Seema Yasmin (EIS Class of 2011)


Dr. Ken Castro (EIS Class of 1983)

Dr. Sue Chu (EIS Class of 1987)

Dr. Jennifer McQuiston (EIS Class of 1998)

Dr. Lynn Paxton (EIS Class of 1992)

Representative Sara Rodriguez (EIS Class of 2004)


§  2:50 – 3:00 p.m. ET Video Tribute

(part 2)


Reflections from EIS officers and alumni


§  3:00 – 3:05 p.m. ET EIS Alumni Association Remarks EISAA President Dr. Isaac Benowitz (EIS Class of 2014)


§  3:05 – 3:15 p.m. ET Awards CDC Epidemiology Workforce Branch Leadership Team


§  3:15 – 3:30 p.m. ET Wrap-up and Adjourn EIS Chief Dr. Eric Pevzner (EIS Class of 2005)



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