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Biden selects Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, as his CDC director

December 07, 2020

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Elected President Joseph R. Biden Jr. picked Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPHto lead the CDC at his inauguration on January 20th.

Rochelle Walensky

Walensky is director of the Infectious Disease Department at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

According to MGH, Walensky’s research focused on model-based analyzes of the cost-effectiveness of HIV testing, care and prevention strategies, including information on HIV / AIDS policy at international and national levels.

Walensky chairs the Advisory Board of the NIH Office for AIDS Research and serves on the HHS Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents.

Amesh A. Adalja

“I am very excited and support Dr. Walensky’s election as CDC director.” Amesh A. Adalja, MD, FIDSA, FACP, FACEP, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Safety, said Healio. “She is a well-trained, extremely intelligent, and evidence-based infectious disease doctor. Right now, it’s important that the CDC – the world’s leading infectious disease agency – be supported by an infectious disease doctor like Dr. Walensky is headed. “

The Infectious Diseases Society of America and the HIV Medicine Association issued a statement supporting Biden’s election to lead the agency – a position that does not require Senate endorsement.

“In Dr. Walensky, President-elect selected a talented Infectious Disease Physician and Director who has shown a deep commitment to the application of public health and science in leading evidence-based, equitable and cost-effective responses to some of the greatest challenges facing our nation in public health, ” it says in the declaration. “Your contributions to research, policy, and practice in understanding, responding to, and combating pandemic threats such as HIV, tuberculosis, and now COVID-19 have influenced global and national efforts to protect Americans and advance the global health of are crucial. “

Walensky is supposed to replace Robert R. Redfield, MDwho is the current CDC director. Today, Biden announced the appointment or appointment of several other key members of his administration who will play a role in shaping US health policy and responding to the pandemic.

Eugene Shapiro

“I was happy to see President-elect Biden elected Dr. Walensky as the new director of the CDC.” Eugene Shapiro, MD, Member of the editorial board of Infectious Disease News and Infectious Diseases in Children and Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, said Healio. “Although I am Dr. Walensky did not know personally, her résumé shows that she is well equipped to lead this important institution. I look forward to seeing their approach to addressing the many challenges we and the CDC face at this critical time. “

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C. Buddy Creech, MD, MPH

C. Buddy Creech

The COVID-19 pandemic taught us that outbreaks that seem like a world away have the potential to cause chaos around the world very quickly. Inviting a doctor, scientist and infectious disease chief to lead our country’s response to emerging health threats, promote healthy behavior and educate the public health workforce is a fantastic addition to the excellent CDC team.

Dr. Walensky is a talented infectious disease doctor who has played a key role in IDSA, including serving as a board member of the HIV Medical Association. Her work in research, policy and practice in the field of infectious diseases will be critical to her success as CDC director.

C. Buddy Creech, MD, MPH

Director and Associate Professor,

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Member of the editorial board,

Infectious diseases in children

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