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Tom Frieden  

Former Director of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention; CEO of Resolve to Save Lives

Dr. Tom Frieden is a physician with advanced training in internal medicine, infectious disease, public health, and epidemiology. He is the former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and former Commissioner of the New York City Health Department. His work established New York City’s tuberculosis control program and overall health department models for the world, established effective programs in India, and improved morale, effectiveness, and impact at the CDC. Dr. Frieden’s influential publications have identified the what, how and why of action to improve health.

As Director of the CDC, Dr. Frieden worked toward ending the Ebola epidemic, launched initiatives that will prevent 500,000 heart attacks and strokes, sounded the alarm and accelerated progress addressing the epidemic of opioid use, and increased effective action on the front lines to find and fight winnable battles and protect and improve health in the United States and around the world. As the first Director of International Health Programs of Bloomberg Philanthropies, he designed and launched the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, a program that has prevented more than 35 million deaths around the world.

Currently, he serves as the President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative that aims to save 100 million lives from cardiovascular disease and to prevent epidemics.


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