Julie Gerberding, M.D., resigned as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and will be replaced on an interim basis by a deputy, according to the Associated Press.
HHS announced Gerberding's resignation in an e-mail. The move comes as part of the transition to a new administration, according to officials. "As part of the transition process, the Administration requested resignation letters from a number of senior-level officials, including Dr. Julie Gerberding. This week, the Administration accepted Dr. Gerberding's resignation, effective January 20," CDC spokesman Glen Nowak said in a prepared statement. William Gimson, the CDC's chief operating officer, will step in as interim director, according to the AP. Incoming HHS Secretary Tom Daschle likely will appoint a new director after the new administration takes office Jan. 20.
Gerberding, 53, has led the CDC since 2002 and ranked No. 34 on Modern Physician's 2008 list of the 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives. She was an infectious diseases specialist at the University of California at San Francisco prior to joining the CDC, where she also has served as acting deputy director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases and director of the division of healthcare quality promotion for the NCID.