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Trump Administration Names Georgia Health Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald As New CDC Director

Associated Press: Georgia health commissioner named CDC director in Atlanta
“Georgia’s health commissioner was named Friday to lead the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal government’s top public health agency…” (Stobbe, 7/7).

CIDRAP News: Public health leaders see strong choice in new CDC director
“In a move winning the praise of public health leaders, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, MD, announced Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist who has deep public health experience, as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)…” (Schnirring, 7/7).

Nature: Trump administration chooses Georgia physician to lead U.S. public health agency
“…Fitzgerald has led the Georgia Department of Public Health since 2011, and has championed early-intervention programs to improve maternal health and counter childhood obesity. Before that, she practiced medicine, advised former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich on health care policy, and served in the U.S. Air Force…” (Ledford, 7/7).

Newsweek: New CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald Inheriting Vaccine Skeptics, Drug Abuse, and Antibiotic Resistance (Wapner, 7/7).
New York Times: Georgia’s Health Commissioner Named to Lead CDC (Kaplan, 7/7).
Science: Trump taps Georgia health director to lead CDC (Wadman, 7/7).
STAT: Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald is named new CDC director (Branswell, 7/6).

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