Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Julie
Gerberding, MD, MPH, announced today the appointment of new directors for three key organizational components of the federal agency responsible for protecting the nation's health.
"These individuals are outstanding scientists and will strengthen the agency's scientific
foundation on all fronts. They all bring tremendous skills that will build on the strong foundation of leadership across CDC to meet the daily challenges to make our nation safer and healthier," Gerberding said.
The announcement of these key positions marks another important step forward in the transformation of CDC that began two years ago. These new appointments will play a key role in helping to further shape the agency's
The appointments include Anne Schuchat, MD, as director of the National Immunization Program. Schuchat began her career at CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer in 1988 and most recently served as the acting director of the
In a second appointment,
In addition, Kevin Fenton, MD, PhD, was named director of the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHSTP). Fenton has served as chief of CDC's
National Syphilis Elimination Effort since January 2005. He has worked in research, epidemiology, and the prevention of HIV and other STDs since 1995 and was previously the director of the HIV and STI Department at the United Kingdom's Health Protection Agency. Fenton has spearheaded the development of a number of national HIV, STD and
behavioral surveillance and research programs in the U.K and Western Europe including the National Chlamydia Screening Program in England, the 2nd British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles, and the European Surveillance of STI (ESSTI) Network.