Charles (Chad) Helmick, M.D.

Epidemiologist, Arthritis Program, Division of Population Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Charles (Chad) Helmick, M.D.

Charles (Chad) Helmick, M.D., a medical epidemiologist, is the scientific lead for CDC’s Arthritis Program. He directs the program’s surveillance, epidemiology, and prevention research. He also provides technical support to CDC-funded state arthritis programs and extramural research activities, such as the Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project. In addition, he oversees CDC-funded public health efforts addressing lupus.

Dr. Helmick has over 37 years of experience in public health, working initially on infectious disease and international public health issues. Since then he has focused on chronic disease issues, in particular raising awareness of arthritis as a public health issue.

He received his B.S. in Zoology from the University of Michigan, and M.D. from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine and preventive medicine, and has authored or co-authored over 190 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

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