|Principal Deputy Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention|
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Ileana Arias|
|Acting Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention|
January 31, 2018 – March 26, 2018
|Preceded by||Brenda Fitzgerald|
|Succeeded by||Robert R. Redfield|
January 20, 2017 – July 7, 2017
|Preceded by||Tom Frieden|
|Succeeded by||Brenda Fitzgerald|
|Born||1960 (age 59–60)|
|Education||Swarthmore College (BS)|
Dartmouth College (MD)
|Branch/service||U.S. Public Health Service|
|Unit||PHS Commissioned Corps|
|Commands||Anthrax Emergency Response Team|
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
Interim Deputy Director for Science and Public Health
|Battles/wars||2001 anthrax attacks|
2009 flu pandemic
Early life and education
Schuchat grew up in a Jewish family in Washington, D.C., the fourth of five children. Her grandfather was a kosher butcher from West Virginia. Schuchat graduated with highest honors from Swarthmore College in 1980 and graduated with honors from Dartmouth Medical School in 1984.
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.
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.
From February 2009 to June 2009, Schuchat was the Interim Deputy Director for Science and Public Health Program at the CDC, where she 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.
From January 20, 2017 through July 7, 2017, Schuchat served as Acting Director of the CDC (and as acting Administrator for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry) and again from January 31, 2018 through March 26, 2018, when she was succeeded by Robert R. Redfield as Director.
Schuchat has been active in the CDC's efforts to combat the 2020 Coronavirus outbreak in the United States. In a February 25, 2020 HHS briefing on the "China coronavirus" she famously stated "It’s very important to say that our efforts at containment so far have worked, and the virus is actually contained here in the United States." A May 1, 2020 CDC report authored by Schuchat noted that based on this containment belief federal and local jurisdictions did not recommend restrictions on gatherings, and that several large events consequently held at the end of February played a notable role in the spread of COVID-19 in the United States.
Schuchat is an Assistant Surgeon General holding the rank of rear admiral in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.
In popular culture
- 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.
Schuchat is married and has no children; she has three brothers and one sister. In May 2005, Schuchat received an honorary doctorate in science from Swarthmore College, from which she graduated in 1980.
Awards and decorations
- 2005: Swarthmore College, Honorary Doctorate in Science
- American Public Health Association, Maternal and Child Health Young Investigator Award
- United States Public Health Service, USPHS Physician Research Officer of the Year
United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
Selected works and publications
|Scholia has an author profile for Anne Schuchat.|
- Schuchat, Anne; Robinson, Katherine; Wenger, Jay D.; Harrison, Lee H.; Farley, Monica; Reingold, Arthur L.; Lefkowitz, Lewis; Perkins, Bradley A. (2 October 1997). "Bacterial Meningitis in the United States in 1995". New England Journal of Medicine. 337 (14): 970–976. doi:10.1056/NEJM199710023371404. ISSN 0028-4793. PMID 9395430. Wikidata ()
- Jernigan, Daniel B.; Raghunathan, Pratima L.; Bell, Beth P.; Brechner, Ross; Bresnitz, Eddy A.; Butler, Jay C.; Cetron, Marty; Cohen, Mitch; Doyle, Timothy; Fischer, Marc; Greene, Carolyn; Griffith, Kevin S.; Guarner, Jeannette; Hadler, James L.; Hayslett, James A.; Meyer, Richard; Petersen, Lyle R.; Phillips, Michael; Pinner, Robert; Popovic, Tanja; Quinn, Conrad P.; Reefhuis, Jennita; Reissman, Dori; Rosenstein, Nancy; Schuchat, Anne; Shieh, Wun-Ju; Siegal, Larry; Swerdlow, David L.; Tenover, Fred C.; Traeger, Marc; Ward, John W.; Weisfuse, Isaac; Wiersma, Steven; Yeskey, Kevin; Zaki, Sherif; Ashford, David A.; Perkins, Bradley A.; Ostroff, Steve; Hughes, James; Fleming, David; Koplan, Jeffrey P.; Gerberding, Julie L. (October 2002). "Investigation of Bioterrorism-Related Anthrax, United States, 2001: Epidemiologic Findings". Emerging Infectious Diseases. 8 (10): 1019–1028. doi:10.3201/EID0810.020353. PMC 2730292. PMID 12396909. Wikidata ()
- Whitney, Cynthia G.; Farley, Monica M.; Hadler, James; Harrison, Lee H.; Bennett, Nancy M.; Lynfield, Ruth; Reingold, Arthur; Cieslak, Paul R.; Pilishvili, Tamara; Jackson, Delois; Facklam, Richard R.; Jorgensen, James H.; Schuchat, Anne (May 2003). "Decline in Invasive Pneumococcal Disease after the Introduction of Protein–Polysaccharide Conjugate Vaccine". New England Journal of Medicine. 348 (18): 1737–1746. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa022823. ISSN 0028-4793. PMID 12724479. Wikidata ()
- 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.CS1 maint: location (link)
- Relman, Eliza (30 October 2009). "DMS alum. leads H1N1 response". The Dartmouth. The Dartmouth, Inc. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
- "Principal Deputy Director of CDC/ATSDR". Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
- Edney, Anna (31 January 2018). "Trump's CDC Director Steps Down After Tobacco Stock Scandal". Bloomberg.
- 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.
- Cantor, Danielle (2010). "Dr. Anne Schuchat - Live". Jewish Woman Magazine. 1129 20th Street NW, Suite 801, Washington, D.C., 20036: Jewish Women International. Archived from the original on 27 September 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2014.CS1 maint: location (link)
- 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.CS1 maint: location (link)
- 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. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
- Kaplan, Sheila (17 March 2018). "AIDS Researcher Top Candidate to Lead the C.D.C." The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
- Sun, Lena H. (29 March 2018). "In emotional speech, CDC's new leader vows to uphold science". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
- Hensley, Ellie (19 January 2017). "CDC appoints acting director". Atlanta Business Chronicle. Archived from the original on 7 July 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
- "Transcript: U.S. Health Officials on Response to Coronavirus February 25, 2020". Retrieved 16 April 2020.
- "Public Health Response to the Initiation and Spread of Pandemic COVID-19 in the United States, February 24–April 21, 2020". Retrieved 29 May 2020.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 May 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
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