RADM Stephen C. Redd is the Deputy Director for Public Health Service and Implementation Science at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Redd currently oversees the Center for Preparedness and Response; the Center for Global Health; the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support; and the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity. In his deputy director role, he focused on the adoption of implementation science principles at CDC. In collaboration with multiple groups, he is working to understand how public health can most effectively address social determinants of health in various sectors.
Dr. Redd became Director for CDC’s Center for Preparedness and Response while CDC responded to the 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak, when he helped to ensure that congressional stakeholders were kept up-to-date on the evolving outbreak. He worked across the agency to prepare for the possibility of additional Ebola cases in the United States. Since then, he has engaged in the agency’s responses to the Zika virus and multiple hurricanes.
Previously, Dr. Redd served as incident commander for the 2009 H1N1 pandemic response, which was the longest activation of CDC’s Emergency Operations Center at the time. As the leader of the response, involving more than 3,000 CDC staff, he aided in the effort to vaccinate 81 million people against H1N1 in the United States. Dr. Redd has participated in many disease outbreak investigations and responses, including Legionnaires’ disease, strategic development for the control of malaria, and the elimination of measles in the United States.
Dr. Redd is board certified in internal medicine, a Fellow in the American College of Physicians, and a member of the Commissioned Officers Association. He received his baccalaureate degree in history from Princeton University and his medical degree with honors from the Emory University School of Medicine. He trained in medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital before completing CDC’s two-year Epidemic Intelligence Service training program.
Honored with numerous awards for his work—among them the USPHS Distinguished Service Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal—Dr. Redd is a three-time nominee and winner of CDC’s prestigious Charles C. Shepard Science Award for outstanding scientific publication at CDC.