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Spokesperson Portfolio - Stephen Redd, MD (RADM, USPHS)

Director, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response

In the face of a public health emergency, the nation looks to CDC to respond.  Dr. Stephen Redd leads the agency’s efforts to get the nation prepared.  Getting his start at CDC nearly 30 years ago, he is no stranger to the demands of leading national efforts to combat a public health emergency.During the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, Dr. Redd served as the incident manager, where he was responsible for leading CDC’s efforts to keep Americans healthy and safe by protecting them from flu.  “As a runner and a swimmer, I like to compare a public health response to a race,” says Dr. Redd. “Like a race, an emergency response requires preparation and endurance. You must be able to hold a steady pace that will get you to the finish line, but there are also times when you are required to sprint, to learn on your feet and to respond to challenges and changes as they are thrown at you. The key to entering the race is being mentally and physically prepared to take on the challenge and commit to getting to the finish line.”


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Stephen Redd, MD (RADM, USPHS) [162 KB, 1 page, Print Only]


  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Emergency Medical Countermeasures

Current Position

  • Director, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response


Spokesperson Resources

Past Positions

  • Director, Influenza Coordination Unit, Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases, and CDC Pandemic Influenza Task Force.
  • Deputy, Influenza Coordination Unit, Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases
  • Chief, Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch, National Center for Environmental Health
  • Chief, Measles Elimination Activity, National Immunization Program
  • Medical epidemiologist, Division of Parasitic Diseases, National Center for Infectious Diseases
  • Medical epidemiologist, Technical Support Division, International Health Program Office
  • Medical epidemiologist, Respiratory Diseases Branch, Division of Bacterial Diseases, National Center for Infectious Diseases
  • Officer, Epidemic Intelligence Service Respiratory Diseases Branch, Division of Bacterial Diseases, National Center for Infectious Diseases


  • John Hopkins Hospital (internship, internal medicine residency)
  • Emory University (MD/ Cum Laude)
  • Princeton University (BA) in History

Honors and Awards

  • Field Readiness Badge
  • PHS Outstanding Unit Citation
  • US Army Commendation Medal
  • PHS Crisis Response Service Awards
  • PHS Unit Commendation
  • PHS Outstanding Service Medal
  • USPHS Commendation Medals
  • USPHS Achievement Award
  • Meritorious Service Medal

  • Mott JA, Mannino DM, Alverson CJ, Kiyu A, Hashim J, Lee T, Falter K, Redd SC.  Cardiorespiratory hospitalizations associated with smoke exposure during the 1997, Southeast Asian forest fires. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2005;208:75-85.
  • Holguin F, Folch E, Redd SC, Mannino DM. Comorbidity and Mortality in COPD-Related Hospitalizations in the United States, 1979 to 2001 Chest. 2005;128:2005-2011.
  • Rhodes L, Moorman JE, Redd SC. Sex differences in asthma prevalence and other disease characteristics in eight states. J Asthma. 2005 Nov;42(9):777-782.
  • Mannino DM, Mott J, Ferdinands JM, Camargo CA, Friedman M, Greves HM, Redd SC. Boys with high body masses have an increased risk of developing asthma: findings from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY).  Int J Obes (Lond). 2006;30:6-13.
  • Meurer JR, Navon L, Redd SC, Gilmore LA, Butterfoss FD, Lara M, Cohn JH, Lachance LL.Childhood asthma surveillance by community coalitions. Health Promot Pract. 2006;7(2 Suppl):77S-86S.
  • Williams SG, Brown CM, Falter KH, Alverson CJ, Gotway-Crawford C, Homa D, Jones DS, Adams EK, Redd SC. Does a multifaceted environmental intervention alter the impact of asthma on inner-city children? J Natl Med Assoc. 2006;98:249-60.
  • Williams SG, Redd SC. From research to reality: from the National Cooperative Inner-City Asthma Study to the inner-city asthma implementation. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2006;97(Suppl 1):S4-5.
  • Spiegel J, Love AS, Wood PR, Griffith M, Taylor KR, Williams SG, Redd SC. The Inner-City Asthma Intervention: description of a community-based implementation of an evidence-based approach to asthma management. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2006;97(Suppl 1):S6-10.
  • Nurmagambetov T, Atherly A, Williams S, Holguin F, Mannino DM, Redd SC.  What is the cost to employers of direct medical care for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease? COPD. 2006;3:203-209.
  • Khetsuriani N, Kazerouni NN, Erdman DD, Lu X, Redd SC, Anderson LJ, Teague WG. Prevalence of viral respiratory tract infections in children with asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2007 Feb;119(2):314-21.