The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new chief is a well-known virologist who has spent decades researching HIV and other infectious diseases.
Robert Redfield, who was appointed late last month to the post, previously served in the United States military. He worked in the medical corps of the U.S. Army, and was the founding director of the Department of Retroviral Research of the military’s HIV research program.
After leaving the military, he co-founded the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland, and served as chief of infectious diseases and vice chair of medicine within the University’s School of Medicine.
Redfield’s appointment follows the resignation of CDC chief Brenda Fitzgerald in January, after it was found she bought stocks in tobacco and pharmaceutical companies, among others, which has direct conflicts of interest with her position promoting public health.