Bessers career at the CDC began in the epidemic intelligence services, where he worked on food-borne diseases. He has also served as the epidemiology section chief in the respiratory diseases branch, acting chief of the meningitis and special pathogens branch in the national center for infectious disease, and as the medical director of Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work, a national campaign to promote the appropriate use of antibiotics. Most recently, he was director of the CDCs Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response.
A graduate of Williams College, where he received a bachelors degree in economics, Besser earned his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. He later completed a residency and a chief residency in pediatrics at 920-bed Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore.
I think hes a good choice, said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. He knows the CDC, and its good to see that we have a guy who really knows population health running the agency.
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