The chief of Infectious Disease at Massachusetts General Hospital would take the reins at a pivotal moment for the CDC.
President-elect Joe R. Biden has named Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, as his nominee to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Walensky is currently the chief of the Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. She’s a leading expert on virus testing and treatment and has been on the front lines of COVID-19 pandemic response in Massachusetts, according to the announcement.
What to know about Walensky:
Walensky will be replacing current CDC head Robert Redfield, MD, and will be tasked with repairing the agency which some have said was politicized during the COVID-19 pandemic.