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Anne Schuchat, MD

Rear Admiral, USPHS, Ret.

Anne Schuchat, MD, is the Principal Deputy Director of CDC. She has been CDC’s principal deputy director since September 2015. She served as acting CDC director from January-July 2017 and February-March 2018.

Dr. Schuchat also served as director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases from 2006-2015 and Chief of the Respiratory Diseases Branch from 1998-2005. She joined CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer in 1988.

Dr. Schuchat played key roles in CDC emergency responses including the 2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza response, the 2003 SARS outbreak in Beijing, and the 2001 bioterrorist anthrax response. Globally, she has worked on meningitis, pneumonia and Ebola vaccine trials in West Africa, and conducted surveillance and prevention projects in South Africa.

Dr. Schuchat graduated from Swarthmore College and Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine and completed her residency and chief residency in internal medicine at NYU’s Manhattan VA Hospital. Upon completing 30 years of service in 2018, Dr. Schuchat retired from the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service at the rank of Rear Admiral.

Background

The COA Health Leader of the Year Award was established in 1987 to recognize individuals who have made notable contributions to the health of the Nation.  Contributions can be in research, administration, service delivery, or some other area of public health.

This award recognizes those who achieved prominence in public health.  Persons who have demonstrated leadership and excellence in making notable contributions to the health of the Nation may be nominated for this award.  Contributions can be in research, administration, service delivery or some other area of public health.

In general, persons considered will include those who have been in public health practice for more than 15 years.  Membership in COA is not a requirement for nomination; however, consideration will be given to the nominee’s knowledge and support of the USPHS Commissioned Corps.

Nominations

Click here for the full call for nominations. Nominations are due by December 31. Submit nominations online via SurveyMonkey.

Previous Recipients

Year

Awardee

2019

RADM Anne Schuchat, USPHS (Ret)

2018

RADM Steven K. Galson, USPHS (Ret)

2017

RADM Clara H. Cobb, USPHS (Ret)

2016

CAPT Robert J. Tosatto, USPHS, Director, Medical Reserve Corps Program

2015

RADM Boris Lushniak, USPHS, Deputy Surgeon General

2014

Thomas Frieden, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2013

RADM Thomas McGinnis, USPHS, Defense Health Agency

2012

RADM William Foege, USPHS (Ret)

2011

The Honorable Jeff Bingaman, U.S. Senate

2010

The Honorable Daniel K. Inouye, U.S. Senate

2009

RADM Susan Blumenthal, USPHS (Ret)

2008

RADM Charles Grim, USPHS, Director, Indian Health Services

2007

RADM Helene Gayle, USPHS, (Ret) President and CEO of CARE USA

2006

Richard H. Carmona, 17th U.S. Surgeon General

2005

VADM James A. Zimble, (Ret), 30th Surgeon General, U.S. Navy

2004

Julie L. Gerberding, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2003

RADM Kenneth Moritsugu, Deputy Surgeon General

2002

Tommy G. Thompson, Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services

2001

The Honorable John Warner and Tim Hutchinson, U.S. Senate

2000

CAPT Brian Flynn, USPHS

1999

RADM Barry Johnson, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

1998

The Honorable Bill Frist, U.S. Senate

1997

Unknown

1996

Francis S. Collins, Director, National Center for Human Genome Research

1995

Unknown

1994

John Lewin

1993

Ada Sue Hinshaw, NINR, National Institutes of Health

1992

VADM Antonia Novello, USPHS, 14th U.S. Surgeon General

1991

William Roper, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

1990

Samuel Broder, NCI, National Institutes of Health

1989

James O. Mason, 9th Assistant Secretary for Health

1988

Anthony Fauci, NIAID, National Institutes of Health

1987

C. Everett Koop, 13th U.S. Surgeon General