NCHHSTP’s New Chief Medical Officer

March 28, 2016

I am delighted to announce Brian Edlin, MD, has been selected as the Chief Medical Officer for the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), scheduled to join the Center on April 4, 2016.

Dr. Edlin has been engaged in research, surveillance, and policy aspects of infectious diseases, including HIV and viral hepatitis, for more than 25 years at institutions across the country. Assuming the position of NCHHSTP’s Chief Medical Officer is a coming home of sorts for him – after completing training in internal medicine and infectious diseases, Dr. Edlin began his career in 1989 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer in the CDC’s Division for HIV/AIDS Prevention. He remained there for 8 years, serving as Acting Assistant Director for Science in that Division during his last year. In 1997, he was recruited to direct the Urban Health Study at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), which was then the longest-running longitudinal study in the world of people who inject illicit drugs. In 2003, Dr. Edlin joined the Center for the Study of Hepatitis C in New York to establish an epidemiologic research program. For the past 20 years, he has conducted community-based research with people who inject illicit drugs in San Francisco and New York. The goals of this work have been to develop a multidimensional understanding of the factors associated with health and illness in these populations, and to develop and evaluate policies and interventions to improve their health. Dr. Edlin has been at the forefront of efforts to expand access to hepatitis C prevention, screening, and treatment, remove barriers to treatment for people who use illicit drugs, and promote the elimination of hepatitis C.

Dr. Edlin has served on the faculty of UCSF, Weill Cornell Medical College, and SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. He is the author of more than 100 publications in medical and scientific journals, and received the Charles C. Shepard Science Award for his work at CDC. He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Throughout his career, Dr. Edlin has considered CDC his home in spirit, with its mission, values, methods, and camaraderie motivating his work. He is excited about coming home to begin a new chapter at CDC.

Please join me in warmly welcoming Dr. Edlin as NCHHSTP’s Chief Medical Officer.


/Jonathan Mermin/
Jonathan H. Mermin, M.D., MPH
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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