Dr. Denise Cardo is the director of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Cardo joined CDC in 1993 as a medical epidemiologist and, after holding several leadership positions in DHQP, she was selected as division director in 2003. Dr. Cardo leads CDC activities to prevent infections and antimicrobial resistance in healthcare settings and to promote healthcare safety. She has been involved in several CDC responses to emerging infection threats.
Prior to joining CDC, she had a distinguished career in the division of infectious diseases at one of Brazil's prestigious medical institutions, Escola Paulista de Medicina, where she received her medical degree, completed her residency and fellowship, and joined the faculty as associated professor of infectious diseases. During 1990-1991, she did a sabbatical at the Hospital Epidemiology Program, University of Tennessee, Memphis.
Dr. Cardo has been involved in healthcare epidemiology and hospital infections for several decades and is internationally recognized as an expert and leader in the area. Her interests include patient safety, prevention of healthcare-associated infections, antimicrobial resistance, and public health-healthcare interactions to promote health. She is the author of several research and reviewed papers including book chapters and has received several awards for her work.