President Taps NYC Health Commissioner To Head CDC

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Friday, May 15, 2009

President Barack Obama has selected New York City's health commissioner to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Thomas Frieden has served as commissioner for the past seven years. He has led a campaign to ban smoking in restaurants and bars, boosted the number of New Yorkers getting HIV tests and helped to distribute millions of free condoms.

In a statement announcing Frieden's appointment, the president said the new CDC chief had been a leader in the fight for health care reform. President Obama also said Frieden's experiences confronting public health challenges in our country and abroad will be essential in his new job.

Frieden does not require Senate confirmation.

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