Redd to Head CDC’s OPHPR

As of January 1, 2015, Rear Admiral Stephen C. Redd, MD, (Cohort IV) will serve as director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) according to an announcement from the agency.

CDC Director Dr. Thomas Freiden said in the announcement:

Dr. Redd’s leadership in helping prepare the US to respond to pandemic influenza, his epidemiological expertise, and his knowledge of diverse health threats make him an ideal choice to lead CDC’s public health preparedness and response activities. He most recently served as director of CDC’s Influenza Coordination Unit. During the H1N1 pandemic, Stephen served as Incident Commander for the nearly year-long response.

A Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General in the United States Public Health Service, Dr. Redd has served 29 years as a Commissioned Officer. He has investigated outbreaks such as Legionnaires’ Disease, developed strategies to control malaria, and worked to eliminate measles in the US. A graduate of Princeton and Emory universities, he received his medical degree with honors and trained in medicine at Johns Hopkins. Rear Admiral Redd has authored more than 120 scientific publications and received numerous awards, including the Public Health Service Distinguished Service Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Redd will take over from acting OPHPR director Sonja Rasmussen, MD, MS. We wish him the best and know that he will call upon his meta-leadership skills as he hits the ground running to deal with Ebola and other public health threats.