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ASPH Supports President Obama's Selection of New York City Health Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, for CDC Director
Date:5/15/2009

WASHINGTON, May 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ASPH commends President Barack Obama's appointment of New York City Health Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH as the new Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In his announcement, President Obama hailed Frieden as "an expert in preparedness and response to health emergencies" and said, "his experiences confronting public health challenges in our country and abroad will be essential in this new role."

Dr. Frieden has been commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene since January 2002. As commissioner, Dr. Frieden has championed tobacco control, elimination of trans-fats from restaurants, diabetes surveillance, and public disclosure of calorie information in certain restaurants. During his tenure, New York City launched the nation's largest community-based project to use electronic health records.

Dean Linda Rosenstock (UCLA), chair of the ASPH Board, said, "This appointment reaffirms President Obama's commitment to the public's health as a national priority. Dr. Frieden is a forward-thinking leader with experience that demonstrates he is not afraid to take on a challenge in the interest of public health. As the leading U.S. public health agency, CDC will be fortunate to have him at the helm."

"Dr. Frieden's targeted, highly visionary and effective public health strategies have made him one of the strongest leaders on the public's health and urban health," said Linda P. Fried, dean and DeLamar Professor at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. "His willingness to take on important, controversial issues throughout his career and his use of science and policy to safeguard the public's health makes him an exceptional choice to lead the CDC."

Prior to becoming commissioner, Dr. Frieden worked in India to assist with national tuberculosis control effo
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