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|Health Leader of the Year|
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.
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.