Tom Frieden

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, is director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American health protection agency. Since 2009, Frieden has intensified CDC’s 24/7 work to protect people from health threats – preventing foodborne and healthcare-associated infections, helping Americans quit smoking, combating anti-microbial resistance and extending life-saving treatment and disease prevention in more than 50 countries.

As New York City Health Commissioner from 2002-2009, Frieden helped reduce smoking, eliminate artificial trans fats from restaurants, eliminate colon cancer screening disparities and initiate the country’s largest community-based electronic health records project. From 1992-1996, he led New York City’s tuberculosis control program that reduced multidrug-resistant cases by 80 percent. Frieden then worked in India helping build a tuberculosis control program that has saved three million lives.

Frieden received medical and public health degrees from Columbia University and infectious diseases training at Yale University. He started his CDC career as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer and has written more than 200 scientific publications.