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CDC director is out, federal e-mail says

January 10, 2009

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— The head of the federal government’s public health agency is stepping down, according an e-mail sent Friday night to federal employees.

Dr. Julie Gerberding has resigned as director of the Atlanta-based U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and will be replaced on an interim basis by a deputy as of Jan. 20, the day President-elect Barack Obama is inaugurated.

Although an HHS housecleaning has been expected with the new administration, Gerberding’s fate was somewhat unclear.

The first woman to head the agency, Gerberding led the CDC through a post-Sept. 11 world of bioterrorist fears and was considered an effective communicator with legislators and the public.

Comments

jmadison 5 years, 11 months ago

Dr. Gerberding provided good effective service for the people of the United States during her tenure at the CDC. Her common sense approach to handling problems will be missed.

womanwarrior 5 years, 11 months ago

Her "common sense approach" is like the CEO's running our failed businesses. Budget money needed for research was being used to give bonuses to executives at the center who already earn high salaries. Apparently some scientists have left, because there was little money for research. Tell me how this is "good effective service for the people of the United States"? It's just more rip offs by Bush's cronies.

jmadison 5 years, 11 months ago

Dr. Gerberding was employed at the CDC in 1998 when President Clinton was in office. She replaced Dr. Koplon who had presided over the CDC's questionable response to the anthrax attacks following 9/11. Dr. Koplon also admitted that diversion of funds from viral research had occurred on his tenure.Dr. Koplon is a member of President elect Obama's transition team. Dr. Gerberding was an infectious disease specialist at the San Francisco General Hospital during the time when effective treatment of HIV-AIDS was developed. Is there information documenting cronyism in her appointment to the CDC during President Clinton's time?

womanwarrior 5 years, 11 months ago

She wasn't in charge during the Clinton administration. I don't deny her accomplishments, but maybe she shouldn't have been put in charge of the budget. Enough of our tax dollars are wasted every day. They seem to forget who they are working for - the tax payers.

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