Randall J. Nett, MD, MPH

Chief, Arboviral Diseases Branch, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)

Randall J. Nett, MD, MPH, Chief, Arboviral Diseases Branch, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, NCEZID

Randall J. Nett, MD, MPH, is the Chief of the Arboviral Diseases Branch (ADB) in the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD). DVBD, located in Fort Collins, Colorado, supports CDC’s mission to protect the American public from emerging and endemic viral pathogens spread by mosquitoes and ticks.

Dr. Nett earned his medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Nett completed a residency in Family Medicine and practiced clinical medicine in the U.S. Air Force. While serving in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Nett received a Masters of Public Health from the University of Minnesota. He then joined the CDC in 2007 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer where he was assigned to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. After his EIS training, Dr. Nett joined ADB as a Preventive Medicine Resident where he evaluated the solid organ transplantation process for screening for West Nile virus, collaborated on revising the national case definition for arboviral diseases, and planned a study assessing the antibody response to Japanese encephalitis vaccine. Dr. Nett then worked as a Career Epidemiology Field Officer (CEFO) during 2010–2015 at the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. He then joined the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in 2015 as a medical officer and served as the Chief of the Field Studies Branch during 2018 through July 2021. Dr. Nett became Branch Chief of ADB in August 2021.