Anne Schuchat, M.D. has been Principal Deputy Director for CDC since September 2015.
Dr. Schuchat began her public health career in 1988 when she came to CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer. She was director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases from 2006-2015. Other CDC leadership posts include: acting director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID) and the Center for Global Health; chief of the Respiratory Diseases Branch and Chief Health Officer for CDC’s 2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza response. Schuchat was the initial medical director of ABCs – the Active Bacterial Core surveillance of the Emerging Infections Program Network and spearheaded prevention of newborn infection from group B streptococcal disease in the 1990s. She also served as CDC’s interim deputy director for Science and Program in early 2009. She was promoted to Rear Admiral in the United States Public Health Service in 2006 and earned a second star in 2010. Schuchat was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2008.
Globally, Dr. Schuchat has worked in West Africa on meningitis, pneumonia, and Ebola vaccine trials, in South Africa on surveillance and prevention projects, and in China on Beijing’s SARS emergency response. She has authored or co-authored more than 230 scientific articles, book chapters, and reviews. Her contributions have been recognized by receipt of the USPHS Meritorious Service Medal, the American Public Health Association’s Maternal and Child Health Young Investigator Award, the USPHS Physician Research Officer of the Year, and an Honorary Doctorate in Science from Swarthmore College. Dr. Schuchat graduated with highest honors from Swarthmore College and with honors from Dartmouth Medical School and completed her residency and Chief residency in Internal Medicine at NYU’s Manhattan VA Hospital.