Choice of NYC's Frieden to lead CDC wins praise

May 15, 2009
by Robert Roos

President Barack Obama's appointment of New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, to lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) drew enthusiastic applause today from public health organizations and disease experts.

The Trust for America's Health, a nonprofit public health policy group in Washington, DC, also applauded Frieden's appointment.

"Dr. Frieden is a bold leader who has the courage to shake up the status quo if science and evidence show that change needs to happen," said Jeff Levi, PhD, TFAH executive director, in a statement. "He doesn't shy away from the tough problems. His innovative strategies have led to real reductions in smoking rates, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and food-borne illness in New York City.

"During the campaign, President Obama made a commitment to make policy decisions based on the integrity of science. With this appointment, the President has taken an important step to fulfill this promise," Levi said.

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