Robert V. Tauxe, MD, MPH

Deputy Director, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases,
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases

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Robert Tauxe, MD, MPH, is Deputy Director of the Division that is charged with prevention and control of foodborne, waterborne and fungal infections at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Division monitors the frequency of these infections in the United States, investigates outbreaks, and develops strategies to reduce the disease, disability and deaths that they cause.

Dr. Tauxe’s interests include bacterial enteric diseases, epidemiology and pathogenesis of infectious diseases, epidemiologic and clinical consequences of bacterial genetic exchange, antimicrobial use and resistance to antimicrobial agents, and teaching epidemiologic methods.

Dr. Tauxe graduated from Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut cum laude in 1975, and received his medical degree from Vanderbilt Medical School in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition, he holds a Masters in Public Health degree from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Washington, and is certified in internal medicine. He then trained at CDC in the Epidemic Intelligence Service for two years, and joined the CDC staff in 1985.

Dr. Tauxe’s memberships include the American Epidemiology Society, the American College of Physicians, and the  American Society for Microbiology, and the American Academy of Microbiology; he is a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and member of the National Advisory Committee on Microbial Criteria for Foods.

Dr. Tauxe has served internationally in Belgium, Mali, Rwanda, Peru and Guatemala and has supervised numerous domestic and overseas epidemiologic investigations. His faculty appointments include the School of Public Health, Department of International Health, and the Department of Biology, both at Emory University, Atlanta.

Dr. Tauxe has authored/co-authored 254 scientific journal articles, letters and book chapters.

Areas of Expertise
• Foodborne Disease

Page last reviewed: October 5, 2017