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Julie L. Gerberding, Infectious Disease Expert, Is Named Permanent CDC Director

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Julie L. Gerberding, MD, MPH

On July 2, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy G. Thompson appointed Julie L. Gerberding, MD, MPH, as the permanent director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Gerberding previously was the agency's acting director for science and one of four members of the management team that had been running the agency after Jeffrey P. Koplan, MD, MPH, resigned at the end of March. Secretary Thompson had created the team, headed by acting director David Fleming, to separate the CDC's terrorism response from its other functions and to facilitate the smooth flow of emergency funds through the agency.

CDC's fiscal year 2002 funding grew to $6.8 billion with the addition of emergency funds after September 11, including approximately $1 billion to build infrastructure at the state and local levels and funds to purchase of smallpox and other vaccines and drugs. Dr. Gerberding, along with National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID) Director James Hughes, had been …

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