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Public Health Vet Robert Redfield to Become CDC Director

Robert Redfield

The Department of Health and Human Services has chosen Robert Redfield, a more than 30-year public health veteran, to serve as the next director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administrator of CDC’s Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps for two decades and as the founding director of the retroviral research department within the U.S. military’s HIV Research Program, HHS said Wednesday.

After his military service, Redfield established the University of Maryland’s Institute of Human Virology with William Blattner and Robert C. Gallo.

Redfield previously worked as chief of infectious diseases and vice chair of medicine at the UMD School of Medicine.

He was a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS from 2005 to 2009 and chaired the International Subcommittee from 2006 to 2009.

He also served on the National Institutes of Health’s AIDS Research Advisory Council and Fogarty International Center Advisory Board, as well as on the Food and Drug Administration‘s Advisory Anti-Infective Agent Committee.

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