Georgia Health Commissioner Named to Head CDC
  [Saturday, July 15, 2017 7:07:00 AM]
The Georgia health commissioner, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, has been selected as the new director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Having known Dr. Fitzgerald for many years, I know that she has a deep appreciation and understanding of medicine, public health, policy and leadership," said a statement from Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who nominated Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald, an obstetrician-gynecologist, was appointed to lead the Georgia Department of Public Health in 2011 by Governor Nathan Deal. While there, she oversaw programs to combat childhood obesity, increase vaccination rates and track Alzheimer's and dementia, according to the department.

Her tenure as health commissioner was also marked by several high-profile cases of Americans infected with the Ebola virus, who were flown to Atlanta for treatment.

Fitzgerald received her medical degree and completed her training at Emory University. She is also a major in the U.S. Air Force and served as a health care policy adviser for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, according to her biography.

Fitzgerald will succeed acting director Dr. Anne Schuchat, who took over when Dr. Tom Frieden resigned from the post in January.

Sources: (
CNN, NBC News, New York Times
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