Deputy Director for Science and Program

Monica Parise

Monica Parise, MD
CAPT US Public Health Service (Ret.)
Deputy Director for Science and Program
Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria (DPDM)

Monica Parise, MD, is the Deputy Director for Science and Program for the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria (DPDM) in CDC’s Center for Global Health. Dr. Parise’s priorities are to ensure prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of parasitic diseases in the United States; to reduce the global burden of malaria; and to reduce the burden of priority neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). 

Dr. Parise joined CDC in 1993 as a member of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) in the Malaria Branch. After a two-year EIS rotation, she completed a CDC preventive medicine residency at the Puerto Rico Department of Health—before returning to the Malaria Branch as a Medical Officer at CDC headquarters in Atlanta. While in the Malaria Branch, she served as Team Lead of both the Domestic Response Team and the Malaria in Pregnancy Team. Dr. Parise served as Chief of the Parasitic Diseases Branch from 2005 – 2014. She served as Associate Director of Science and Program, DPDM from 2014 – 2016, before serving as Division Director from 2016 – 2023. 

Dr. Parise received her BSN and MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed a residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She completed a fellowship in infectious disease with the Infectious Disease Training Program at Harvard University, including work with Harvard School of Public Health conducting parasitic disease research in Brazil. Dr. Parise is board certified in infectious disease and internal medicine.