Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, became Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in June 2009 and has worked to control health threats from infectious diseases, respond to emergencies, and battle the leading causes of suffering and death in our nation and around the world – including tobacco and prescription drug overdoses. He previously served as Commissioner of the New York City Health Department, where he directed efforts that reduced the number of smokers by 350,000, cut teen smoking by half, and established the largest community electronic health records project in the country – which became the national model to expand electronic health record use. Dr. Frieden received both his medical and Master of Public Health degrees from Columbia University, and completed infectious disease training at Yale University. He has received many awards and honors and has published more than 200 scientific articles.