New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg named Thomas Farley, head of the Department of Community Health Sciences and Prevention Research Center at Tulane Universitys School of Public Health in New Orleans, to succeed Thomas Frieden as New York City health commissioner.
President Barack Obama announced on May 15 that he had appointed Frieden as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Frieden is expected to join the CDC in early June. Farley, a pediatrician and epidemiologist, has served as a senior adviser to Frieden since 2007, and has worked in infectious disease control and health program design, implementation and evaluation, according to the mayors office. Farley also worked with the CDC to rebuild New Orleans public health and healthcare infrastructure following Hurricane Katrina.