Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, is director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since 2009, Dr. Frieden has intensified CDC’s 24/7 work to protect the health, safety and security of the American people, including leading the agency’s response to the recent Ebola epidemic and other health emergencies. Under his direction, new CDC programs have focused on combating antibiotic resistance, preventing foodborne and healthcare-associated infections, helping people quit smoking, addressing the prescription drug overdose epidemic, and advancing global health security worldwide.
He previously led New York City's program that cut multidrug-resistant tuberculosis by 90 percent, and helped India prevent more than 3 million tuberculosis deaths. As New York City's health commissioner from 2002 to 2009, he helped reduce teen smoking by half and adult smoking by one-third. Frieden received his medical and master's of public health degrees from Columbia University. He completed infectious disease training at Yale University.