Tom Frieden

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Tom Frieden
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Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
In office
June 8, 2009 - Present
Elections and appointments
NominatedMay 15, 2009
AppointedJune 8, 2009
Appointed byBarack Obama
Prior offices
New York City Health Commissioner
CDC Assignee to India
CDC Assignee to New York City
Bachelor'sOberlin College
Master'sColumbia University
M.D.Columbia University
OtherYale University (Infectious Disease training)
Office website
Thomas "Tom" Frieden (b. December 14, 1960, in Yonkers, New York) is the current Director of the Center for Disease Control (CDC). He was appointed by President Barack Obama on May 15, 2009, but did not take office until June 2009. The position does not require United States Senate confirmation.[1]

Frieden previously worked for the CDC before becoming the New York City Health Commissioner in 2002.[2]


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.[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Frieden's academic, professional and political career:[2]

  • 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

Ebola virus

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.[3] In March 2014, medical experts announced an outbreak of the virus in Guinea, which killed 78 people between January and April 2014.[4] 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.[5][6] Numerous African countries have shut down borders and halted international travel as a precaution against the virus.[7]

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."[8][9]


Frieden speaks Spanish.[2]

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