Healthcare groups applauded the appointment of New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden, M.D., as the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, saying he has the experience and toughness necessary to fight infectious disease. Friedens experience and dedication to public health make him an excellent choice to lead the CDC. As a strong public health system is the foundation for a healthy America, APHA looks forward to working with Dr. Frieden in the months ahead as we think broadly about how to improve health in our nation, Georges Benjamin, M.D., executive director of the American Public Health Association, says in a written statement. Jeff Levi, executive director of Trust for Americas Health, characterizes Frieden, a physician, as a bold leader who doesnt shy away from the tough problems. Frieden, 48whose appointment does not require congressional approvaltakes the helm of the CDC at a time when more cases of H1N1 influenza A, commonly known as swine flu, are being diagnosed every day. At deadline, 6,700 probable and confirmed cases have been detected in 47 states, along with 12 deaths.Submit a letter to the Modern Physician Reader Blog. Please include your name, title, company and hometown. Modern Physician reserves the right to edit all submissions.
Thomas Frieden, M.D., named director of CDC
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