100 Most Influential People in Healthcare
Thomas Frieden, 56
Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Compensation: $179,700 - according to 2015 FedsDataCenter.com
- Years on list: 7
As head of the nation's leading public health agency since 2009, Frieden has overseen the federal emergency response to a number of national public health emergencies, including 2009's H1N1 flu pandemic. Frieden has led the CDC's response to West Africa's Ebola outbreak since 2014 and is currently heading up the country's response to the Zika virus. Among the issues Frieden has prioritized as director has been promoting a reduction in the rate of hospital-associated infections. Over the past five years, the occurrence of central-line associated bloodstream infections in hospitals has dropped by 46%.