Julie Gerberding, M.D., will become the first female director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an administration official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson is scheduled to announce the appointment tomorrow, the official said. Gerberding, 46, is the CDC's acting deputy director for science. An infectious disease specialist credited with pioneering steps to protect healthcare workers exposed to the AIDS virus, Gerberding was recruited to the CDC in 1998 and went on to become one of its most quoted, unflappable investigators of last fall's anthrax attacks. Largely because of her anthrax experience, public health organizations had lobbied hard for Gerberding to replace former director Jeffrey Koplan, who stepped down March 31. But Gerberding has more of a medical school background than past CDC directors, which could be important as the CDC works to shore up the nation's public health infrastructure. -- by the Associated Press
White House to name first female director of CDC
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