|Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention|
|June 8, 2009 - Present|
|Elections and appointments|
|Nominated||May 15, 2009|
|Appointed||June 8, 2009|
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|New York City Health Commissioner|
|CDC Assignee to India|
|CDC Assignee to New York City|
|Other||Yale University (Infectious Disease training)|
Frieden previously worked for the CDC before becoming the New York City Health Commissioner in 2002.
Frieden graduated from Oberlin College before earning his master's of public health and medical degree from Columbia University. He took infectious disease training at Yale University. Frieden has authored over 200 scientific articles.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Frieden's academic, professional and political career:
- 1990-1992: Epidemiologic Intelligence Service Officer for the CDC
- 1992-1996: Assignee to New York City's tuberculosis program for the CDC
- 1996-2002: Assignee to the World Health Organization in India for the CDC
- 2002-2009: Commissioner of the New York City Health Department
- 2009-Present: Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC Director term initiatives
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first began investigating the ebola virus in 1976 when an outbreak occurred in Zaire and Sudan. In March 2014, medical experts announced an outbreak of the virus in Guinea, which killed 78 people between January and April 2014. In the following months, the virus spread to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Senegal, in what the World Health Organization (WHO) described could result in more than 20,000 deaths. Numerous African countries have shut down borders and halted international travel as a precaution against the virus.
Frieden activated the agency's emergency operation center on August 7, 2014, in an effort to help stop the spread of the virus; however, he expressed concern on September 2, 2014, with the virus' spread, suggesting, "It is the world’s first Ebola epidemic, and it’s spiraling out of control. It’s bad now, and it’s going to get worse in the very near future. There is still a window of opportunity to tamp it down, but that window is closing. We really have to act now."
Frieden speaks Spanish.
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- New York Times, "New York City Official Is Obama Pick for C.D.C.," May 15, 2009
- CDC, "Tom Frieden, MD, MPH," accessed March 4, 2014
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- The Guardian, "Guinea's Ebola outbreak: what is the virus and what's being done?," April 1, 2014
- The Guardian, "First Ebola case in Senegal confirmed," August 29, 2014
- The Guardian, "Ebola cases in west Africa could rise to 20,000 says WHO," August 28, 2014
- The Guardian, "West Africa in quarantine: Ebola, closed borders and travel bans," August 22, 2014
- The Hill, "Ebola epidemic 'spiraling out of control,' CDC director says," September 2, 2014
- The Guardian, "Ebola outbreak: CDC director activates US emergency operation center," August 7, 2014