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CDC Director Walensky Tells President She Will Step Down at End of June

Walensky has led the agency since January 2021. She previously served as Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital from 2017-2020.

Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Dr. Rochelle Walensky announced today in a letter to President Joe Biden her intent to depart the agency at the end of June.

Walensky has led the agency since January 2021. She served as Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital from 2017-2020 and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School from 2012-2020.

“The end of the COVID-19 public health emergency marks a tremendous transition for our country, for public health, and in my tenure as CDC Director,” Walensky wrote. “I took on this role, at your request, with the goal of leaving behind the dark days of the pandemic and moving CDC – and public health – forward into a much better and more trusted place.”

“In the process, we saved and improved lives and protected the country and the world from the greatest infectious disease threat we have seen in over 100 years,” she added.

Biden said in a statement that Walensky “has saved lives with her steadfast and unwavering focus on the health of every American.”

“As Director of the CDC, she led a complex organization on the front lines of a once-in-a-generation pandemic with honesty and integrity,” he said. “Dr. Walensky leaves CDC a stronger institution, better positioned to confront health threats and protect Americans.  We have all benefited from her service and dedication to public health, and I wish her the best in the next chapter.”

She is a past Chair of the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council at the National Institutes of Health, Chair-elect of the HIV Medical Association, and previously served as an advisor to both the World Health Organization and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.

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