U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Names CDC Director

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D., appointed Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., as the next Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Fitzgerald has been the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health and state officer for the past six years. In her role as health commissioner, she has directed over 159 county health departments throughout Georgia and overseen the state’s various public health programs focused on language development among newborns, obesity prevention, and Ebola response coordination efforts. Fitzgerald is also currently the president-elect of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO).

As a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist by training, Fitzgerald has practiced medicine for three decades, as well as served a major in the U.S. Air Force, a health care policy advisor to Members of Congress, and a senior fellow and chairperson of the Board of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.  The full announcement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is available here.