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Sun Dec 6, 2020, 09:25 PM

To lead CDC, Biden picks Rochelle Walensky

President-elect Joe Biden has selected Rochelle Walensky, the chief of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, to run the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to two people familiar with the decision.

Walensky, who is also a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, will be tasked with rebuilding a critical health agency that has been sidelined by the Trump administration amid a pandemic.

Walensky will replace Robert Redfield, who assumed the role of director in March 2018, and take a top role in helping the Biden administration curtail the coronavirus pandemic. On Friday, the CDC recommended for the first time that people wear masks at all times when they’re not home. That guidance echoes Biden’s call for a nationwide mask mandate, which numerous Republican governors have rejected.



https://www.politico.com/news/2020/12/06/rochelle-walensky-cdc-biden-443384

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RandySF Dec 2020 OP
greatauntoftriplets Dec 2020 #1
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dalton99a Dec 2020 #3
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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Sun Dec 6, 2020, 09:27 PM

1. Excellent choice.

I've seen her quite a bit on CNN. She's sane, smart, and well informed.

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Response to greatauntoftriplets (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 6, 2020, 09:30 PM

2. Thanks. Never seen or heard of her.

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Sun Dec 6, 2020, 09:30 PM

3. Bio:


Dr. Rochelle Walensky
Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital

Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, is the Co-Director of the Medical Practice Evaluation Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a practicing Infectious Disease physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Walensky has been a member of the Cost-effectiveness of Preventing AIDS Complications (CEPAC) team since 1998. Her research interests have focused on HIV/AIDS policy and cost-effective strategies of HIV care in the US and in resource-limited settings. She is internationally recognized for motivating US policy toward the promotion of routine HIV screening and for her work on effective and efficient strategies of HIV care in South Africa. She is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), the American Association of Physicians (AAP), the HIV Medical Association Board of Directors, and the Department of Health and Human Services Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents, and she is past Chair of the NIH the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council. She has also been an advisor to the WHO and the UNAIDS. Dr. Walensky received the Harvard Medical Young Mentor Award (2010) and the A. Clifford Barger Mentoring Award (2016). Dr. Walensky received her BA from Washington University in St. Louis (1991), her M.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (1995), and her M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health (2001). She trained in Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital (1995-1998) and in Infectious Disease at the MGH/BWH combined fellowship program (1998-2001).



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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Sun Dec 6, 2020, 09:34 PM

4. KR!

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Sun Dec 6, 2020, 10:06 PM

5. Yes he needs to go soon, worthless as head of CDC

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Mon Dec 7, 2020, 04:27 AM

6. K&R

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