New Head at CDC

HHS Secretary Alex Azar has announced the selection of Dr. Robert Redfield as the next head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  He currently serves as a professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  He also co-founded and is associate director of the University’s Institute of Human Virology.  As associate director, he oversees the management of a program assists more than 6,000 patients annually with HIV care and treatment.

His record is not completely untarnished.  In the mid-1990’s, he headed a research project on an HIV vaccine at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research that came under scrutiny for faulty research findings.

He replaces Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, who resigned as CDC director at the beginning of the year over allegations that her financial investments included a Japanese tobacco company.

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