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Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., Begins Role as CDC Director and ATSDR Administrator
Date:6/8/2009

ATLANTA, June 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., today became the 16th director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and administrator for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). He was named director of CDC by the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services on May 15.

Dr. Frieden, 48, has been the director of the New York City (NYC) Health Department since 2002. He is an infectious disease expert and has led initiatives that support wellness and prevention. He replaces Dr. Richard Besser who has been the acting CDC director and acting ATSDR administrator since mid January. Dr. Besser returns to his role as director of CDC's Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response.

In a May 15 White House press release, President Obama praised Dr. Frieden for his efforts in NYC and stated: "Dr. Frieden is an expert in preparedness and response to health emergencies, and has been at the forefront of the fight against heart disease, cancer, obesity, and infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and AIDS, and in the establishment of electronic health records. Dr. Frieden has been a leader for health care reform, and his experiences confronting public health challenges in our country and abroad will be essential in his new role."

"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 Kathleen Sebelius said. "Dr. Frieden has a strong track record as a public health innovator and leader, which will serve CDC well as it continues to meet the nation's public health needs."

"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 pre
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