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Spokesperson Portfolio - Christopher R. Braden, MD

Deputy Director of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)

Video: Preventing Foodborne Outbreaks

As an internal medicine and infectious disease doctor and a medical epidemiologist, Dr. Chris Braden draws on many different skills to help prevent diseases from spreading. Foodborne illnesses are among the most common of all illnesses, and Dr. Braden has set three priorities to help save lives: detecting and stopping outbreaks, getting good information to help guide policy, and using technology to respond faster and better. As a father as well as an infectious disease doctor, seeing people falling sick and dying spurs him to find ways to gather information increasingly rapidly to protect people from the effects of food and waterborne illnesses.


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Christopher R. Braden, MD [2.7 MB]


  • Foodborne illnesses
  • Outbreak investigation

Current Position

  • Deputy Director of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


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Past Positions

  • Director, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases, National Center for Emerging Infectious and Zoonotic Diseases
  • Associate Director for Science, Division of Parasitic Diseases, National Center for Zoonotic, Vectorborne and Enteric Diseases
  • Chief, Outbreak Response and Surveillance Team, Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch, Division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, National Center for Zoonotic, Vectorborne and Enteric Diseases
  • Medical Epidemiologist, Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases Branch, Division of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, National Center for Infectious Disease
  • Medical Epidemiologist, Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigations Branch, Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, National Center for HIV and Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention
  • Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, National Center for Prevention Services


  • Cornell University (BS)
  • University on New Mexico School of Medicine (MD)
  • New England Medical Center Hospitals (internship, residence, infectious diseases fellowship)
  • Board certified in infectious diseases

Honors and Awards

  • USPHS Achievement Award
  • USPHS Outstanding Service Medal
  • Braden CR, Tauxe RV. Emerging Trends in Foodborne Diseases. Infectious Diseases Clinics of North America (in press).
  • Braden CR, Dowell SF, Jernigan DB, Hughes JM. Progress in global surveillance and response capacity 10 years after severe acute respiratory syndrome. Emerg Infect Dis. 2013 Jun;19(6):864-9.
  • Painter JA, Hoekstra RM, Ayers T, Tauxe RV, Braden CR, Angulo FJ, Griffin PM. Attribution of foodborne illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths to food commodities by using outbreak data, United States, 1998-2008. Emerg Infect Dis. 2013 Mar;19(3):407-15.
  • Smith PF, Hadler JL, Stanbury M, Rolfs RT, Hopkins RS; CSTE Surveillance Strategy Group. "Blueprint version 2.0": updating public health surveillance for the 21st century. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2013 May-Jun;19(3):231-9.
  • Rolka H, Walker DW, English R, Katzoff MJ, Scogin G, Neuhaus E; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Analytical challenges for emerging public health surveillance. MMWR Surveill Summ. 2012 Jul 27;61 Suppl:35-40.
  • Hall HI, Correa A, Yoon PW, Braden CR. Lexicon, definitions, and conceptual framework for public health surveillance. MMWR Surveill Summ. 2012;27;61 Suppl:10-4. Review.
  • Pearson ML, Selby JV, Katz KA, Cantrell V, Braden CR, et al. Clinical, epidemiologic, histopathologic and molecular features of an unexplained dermopathy. PLoS One. 2012;7(1).
  • Behravesh CB, Blaney D, Medus C, Bidol SA, Phan Q, Soliva S, Daly ER, Smith K, Miller B, Taylor T Jr, Nguyen T, Perry C, Hill TA, Fogg N, Kleiza A, Moorhead D, Al-Khaldi S, Braden C, Lynch MF. Multistate outbreak of Salmonella serotype Typhimurium infections associated with consumption of restaurant tomatoes, USA, 2006: hypothesis generation through case exposure in multiple restaurant clusters. Epidemiol Infect. 2012 Nov; 140(11):2053-61..
  • Hirshon JM, Thompson AD, Limbago B, McDonald LC, Bonkosky M, Heimer R, Meek J, Mai V, Braden C. Clostridium difficile infection in outpatients, Maryland and Connecticut, USA, 2002-2007. Emerg Infect Dis. 2011 Oct;17(10):1946
  • Dowell SF, Braden CR. Implications of the introduction of cholera to Haiti. Emerg Infect Dis. 2011 Jul;17(7):1299-300.
  • Sodha SV, Lynch M, Wannemuehler K, Leeper M, Malavet M, Schaffzin J, Chen T, Langer A, Glenshaw M, Hoefer D, Dumas N, Lind L, Iwamoto M, Ayers T, Nguyen T, Biggerstaff M, Olson C, Sheth A, Braden C. Multistate outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections associated with a national fast-food chain, 2006: a study incorporating epidemiological and food source traceback results. Epidemiol Infect. 2011 Feb;139(2):309-16. Epub 2010 Apr 30.

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