DPDM Director

Staff Bio

Christopher R. Braden, MD

Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria

Christopher R. Braden, MD, is the acting director of the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria in CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.

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Christopher R. Braden, MD

Role at CDC

Dr. Braden is the acting director of NCEZID's Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria (DPDM). His permanent position is Principal Deputy Director for NCEZID. Dr. Braden previously served as director of NCEZID's Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases; associate director for science in the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria; and chief of outbreak response and surveillance within the Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch, Division of Foodborne, Bacterial, and Mycotic Diseases at the National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases. Dr. Braden also served as a medical epidemiologist in CDC’s Division of Tuberculosis Elimination. He became an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer at CDC in 1993.


Dr. Braden is an author of more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and textbook chapters, with his major areas of interest including molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases, infectious diseases surveillance and outbreak investigation, and national programs on food safety.  He served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, and he is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American Epidemiological Society, and an associate editor for the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal.


Dr. Braden earned his Bachelor of Science at Cornell University in 1983 and MD at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 1987. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine, and then a fellowship in infectious diseases at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston.