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Thomas Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.
Director - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., became Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
(CDC) and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) in June 2009. Dr. 
Frieden has worked to control both communicable and non-communicable diseases in the United States and 
around the world. From 1992-1996, he led New York City’s program that rapidly controlled tuberculosis, 
including reducing cases of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis by 80 percent. He then worked in India for five years 
where he assisted with national tuberculosis control efforts. The program in India has treated more than 10 
million patients and has saved more than one million lives.
 
As Commissioner of the New York City Health Department from 2002-2009, he directed one of the 
world′s largest public health agencies, with an annual budget of $1.7 billion and more than 6,000 staff. During 
his tenure, the number of smokers declined by 350,000, teen smoking decreased by half, and New York City 
became the first place in the United States to eliminate trans-fats from restaurants, rigorously monitor the 
diabetes epidemic, and require certain restaurants to post calorie information prominently. The department 
also greatly increased colon cancer screening and eliminated racial/ethnic disparities in colon cancer screening 
rates. Under Dr. Frieden′s leadership, the department also established the largest community electronic health 
records project in the country. The project provided prevention-oriented electronic health records to physicians 
caring for more than a million New Yorkers, including more than half of the doctors caring for patients in 
Harlem, South Bronx, and Bedford-Stuyvesant. The project is a model for efforts to expand electronic health 
record use nationally.
 
Dr. Frieden also provided pro bono assistance to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in his global 
health philanthropy, including helping to establish the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, a strategic 
program that promotes the implementation of proven interventions that can save more than 100 million lives.
A physician with training in internal medicine, infectious diseases, public health, and epidemiology, Dr. 
Frieden is especially known for his expertise in tuberculosis control. Dr. Frieden previously worked for CDC from 
1990 until 2002. He began his career at CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer at the New York City 
Health Department.
 
Dr. Frieden speaks Spanish and graduated from Oberlin College. He received both his medical degree 
and master’s of public health degree from Columbia University and completed infectious disease training at Yale 
University. He has received numerous awards and honors and has published more than 200 scientific articles.