Anne Schuchat

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RADM
Anne Schuchat
M.D.[1]
A woman with silver-colored hair in a military uniform looking left with her mouth slightly agape
Schuchat at a CDC press briefing in April 2009
Born 1960
Allegiance  United States of America[2]
Service/branch U.S. Public Health Service[2]
Rank USPHSCC O8 infobox.svg Rear admiral[2]
Unit USPHS Commissioned Corps[2]
Commands held Anthrax Emergency Response Team[3]
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases[2]
Interim Deputy Director for Science and Public Health (2009)[2]
Battles/wars 2001 anthrax attacks[3]
SARS outbreak[3][2]
2009 flu pandemic[2][4]
Awards Public Health Service Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.png USPHS Meritorious Service Medal
Public Health Service Outstanding Service Medal ribbon.png Outstanding Service Medal[5]
Public Health Service Commendation Medal ribbon.png USPHS Commendation Medal
Public Health Service Achievement Medal ribbon.png USPHS Achievement Medal
Public Health Service Outstanding Unit Citation ribbon.png Outstanding Unit Citation[6]
Public Health Service Unit Commendation ribbon.png USPHS Unit Commendation
Public Health Service Bicentennial Unit Commendation Award ribbon.png Bicentennial Unit Commendation
Public Health Service Foreign Duty Service Award ribbon.png Foreign Duty Service Award
Public Health Service Crisis Response Service Award ribbon.png Crisis Response Service Award
Public Health Service Regular Corps Ribbon.png USPHS Regular Corps Ribbon
Public Health Service Commissioned Officers Association ribbon.png Commissioned Officers Association
Spouse(s) 1 husband[7][8]
Relations 3 brothers, 1 sister[7][8]
Website www.CDC.gov

Anne Schuchat is a medical doctor who serves as the Acting Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Acting Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). She became Acting Director of CDC and Acting Administrator of ATSDR on January 20, 2017. She is an Assistant Surgeon General holding the ranks of rear admiral in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Having worked with the CDC on immunization, respiratory, and other infectious diseases since 1988, she served as the Interim Deputy Director for Science and Public Health at the CDC from February 2009 to June 2009. She has also held other posts in the CDC.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Schuchat grew up in a Jewish family in Washington, D.C., the fourth of five children.[8][7] Her grandfather was a kosher butcher from West Virginia.[7] Schuchat graduated with honors from Swarthmore College in 1980 and graduated with honors from Dartmouth Medical School in 1984.[9][3][4]

Career[edit]

Schuchat at work in the mid-1990s.

Schuchat served as resident and chief resident in internal medicine at New York University′s Manhattan V.A. Hospital before beginning her public health career at CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer in NCID.[2]

During the 2001 anthrax attacks, Schuchat served on CDC's Anthrax Emergency Response Team, which was tasked with investigating the attacks.[3]

As the Interim Deputy Director for Science and Public Health Program at the CDC from February 2009 to June 2009, Schuchat focused on ensuring strong science and programmatic approaches were effectively integrated into planning across the agency. She has emphasized prevention of infectious diseases in children. Her emphasis on perinatal group B streptococcal disease prevention has led to an 80 percent reduction in newborn infections and a 75 percent narrowing of racial disparities among sufferers of this infectious disease. She has been instrumental in pre- and post-licensure evaluations of conjugate vaccines for bacterial meningitis and pneumonia and in accelerating availability of these new vaccines in resource-poor countries through WHO and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization.[2]

Awards and decorations[edit]

American Public Health Association[edit]

  • American Public Health Association Maternal and Child Health Young Investigator Award[2]

Swarthmore College[edit]

  • Honorary Doctorate in Science from Swarthmore College (2005)[2][9][3]

United States Public Health Service[edit]

  • USPHS Physician Research Officer of the Year[2]

United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps[edit]

Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Silver star
Bronze star
1st Row
Public Health Service Meritorious Service Medal
Public Health Service Outstanding Service Medal[5]
2nd Row
Public Health Service Commendation Medal
Public Health Service Achievement Medal
Public Health Service Outstanding Unit Citation[6]
3rd Row
Public Health Service Unit Commendation
Public Health Service Bicentennial Unit Commendation Award
Public Health Service Foreign Duty Service Award
4th Row
Public Health Service Crisis Response Service Award
Public Health Service Regular Corps Ribbon
Commissioned Officers Association

Personal life[edit]

Schuchat is married and has no children; she has three brothers and one sister.[8][7] In May 2005, Schuchat received an honorary doctorate in science from Swarthmore College, which she had graduated from in 1980.[2][9][3]

In popular culture[edit]

  • The fictional character of Erin Mears in the 2011 film Contagion is partially based on Schuchat and her career. British actress Kate Winslet, who portrays the character, consulted with Schuchat in the process of preparing for the role.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Youngdahl, Karie (28 February 2013). "Anne Schuchat: Slings, Arrows, Outrage, and Fortune". The History of Vaccines. The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (20 March 2013). "CDC Leaders, Anne Schuchat, MD (RADM, USPHS): Assistant Surgeon General, United States Public Health Service; Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases". Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Swarthmore College (2005). "Anne Schuchat, Class of 1980 Honorary Degree Citation". Commencement 2005. 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania: Swarthmore College. Archived from the original on 8 September 2005. Retrieved 8 September 2005. 
  4. ^ a b Relman, Eliza (30 October 2009). "DMS alum. leads H1N1 response". The Dartmouth. The Dartmouth, Inc. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (September 2006). "CCID boasts numerous winners at 54th Honor Awards Ceremony". Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved 5 April 2014. The 54th Annual CDC & ATSDR Honor Awards Ceremony was held July 13, 2006, in the Tom Harkin Global Communications Center on the Roybal Campus. To report the awards won by CCID employees, in this summary we are using the then existing, not the proposed, names of the CCID national centers: National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID), National Immunization Program (NIP), and National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHSTP). 
  6. ^ a b Commissioned Corps Management Information System (December 2006). "Commissioned Corps Awards Oct-Dec 06" (PDF). Commissioned Corps Management Information System. United States Department of Health and Human Services. p. 8. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Cantor, Danielle (2010). "Dr. Anne Schuchat - Live". Jewish Woman Magazine. 1129 20th Street NW, Suite 801, Washington, D.C., 20036: Jewish Women International. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d Hadassah (August 2011). "Profile: Anne Schuchat". Hadassah. The Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c Schuchat, Anne (29 May 2005). "Anne Schuchat, Class of 1980 Commencement Address". Commencement 2005. 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania: Swarthmore College. Archived from the original on 8 September 2005. Retrieved 8 September 2005. 
  10. ^ Barclay, Eliza (14 September 2011). "'Contagion': CDC Basks In Hollywood's Admiring Take On Disease Detectives". Shots: NPR's Health Blog. National Public Radio. Archived from the original on 16 September 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 

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