Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., Begins Role as CDC Director and ATSDR Administrator
Dr. Frieden, 48, has been the director of the
“Dr. Frieden is widely regarded as one of the premier public health experts in the world and has a wealth of experience in public health and science,” Health and Human Services Secretary
“I’m excited about the opportunity to lead CDC — the depth and breadth of knowledge at CDC is enormous,” Dr. Frieden said. “President Obama and Secretary Sebelius recognize the importance of prevention — something CDC does well. Both are committed to prevention as a key component of health reform, as evidenced by the Recovery Act, and have highlighted the need for our society to do more to prevent, manage, and treat chronic diseases.”
Dr. Frieden was a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer (EIS) from 1990 until 1992. He worked in NYC and investigated and fostered public awareness around tuberculosis, including strains of the bacteria with drug resistance. Along with then NYC Health Commissioner and current US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr.
Dr. Frieden earned his B.A. degree at
The CDC is the nation’s disease prevention and wellness promotion agency, protecting people’s health and safety, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and improving health through strong partnerships. The agency includes 18 institutes, centers and offices, with approximately 14,000, full time, part-time and contract employees. CDC is headquartered in
A bio of Dr. Frieden is available at http://www.cdc.gov/about/leadership/leaders/Frieden.htm, and a high-resolution photo is available for download at http://www.cdc.gov/media/subtopic/images.htm.
SOURCE Centers for Disease Control and Prevention