Dr. Tom Frieden is a national and global leader who has improved health in the United States and around the world and is one of the world’s top experts in tuberculosis, tobacco control, and health policy and administration.
He served as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Commissioner of the New York City Health Department. His work made New York City’s tuberculosis control program and overall health department models for the world, established effective programs in India, and improved morale, effectiveness, and impact at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Tom Frieden’s influential publications have identified the what, how and why of action to improve health.
Dr. Tom Frieden is now President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, a $225 million, five-year initiative to prevent epidemics and cardiovascular disease. Resolve to Save Lives was launched in September of 2017 with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and partners countries around the world.
Dr. Tom Frieden is a physician with advanced training in internal medicine, infectious disease, public health, and epidemiology. Over the past 25 years:
As Director, led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) work that ended the Ebola epidemic, launched initiative that will prevent 500,000 heart attacks and strokes, sounded the alarm and accelerated progress addressing the epidemic of opioid use, and increased effective action on the front lines to find and fight winnable battles and protect and improve health in the United States and around the world (2009-2017).
As the first Director of International Health Programs of Bloomberg Philanthropies, designed and launched the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, a program that has prevented more than 35 million deaths around the world (2006-2009, pro bono).
As Health Commissioner, led health transformation in New York City, increasing life expectancy by 3 years, preventing more than 100,000 deaths rom smoking, and spurring national and global action on, among other areas, better epidemiologic understanding and control of public health problems including HIV, tobacco control, nutrition, as well as the integration of health care and public health. Reorganized to increase revenues and optimize health impact (2002-2009).
Guided the Indian tuberculosis control program to improve diagnosis and treatment rapidly, creating the largest and fastest expanding effective tuberculosis control program in the world and saving at least 3 million lives (1996-2002).
Led control of the largest outbreak of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis ever to occur in the United States by creating a tuberculosis control program that is a model for the United States and the world, with intensive community outreach, clinical excellence, effective integration of health care and public health, ongoing analysis and publication of key epidemiological and program aspects, and rigorous accountability (1990-1996).
Resolve to Save Lives
Dr. Tom Frieden is the President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of the non-profit organization Vital Strategies that helps governments and civil society implement scalable, proven strategies to prevent millions of deaths from cardiovascular disease and epidemics, with a focus on accelerating action through speed, simplicity, and scale in low- and middle-income countries.
Dr. Tom Frieden is member of the Executive Management Team at Vital Strategies. Vital Strategies is a global public health organization that designs solutions to pressing health problems. Our reach includes five international offices, a global network of leading experts and impact in 73 countries.
Dr. Tom Frieden is a leader at Links Community. LINKS is a collaborative effort of the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the CDC Foundation and Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies.
Dr. Tom Frieden guides the Simple project, an open-source, free app for clinicians to manage their patients with high blood pressure that is funded by Resolve to Save Lives.
Dr. Tom Frieden is leader at Prevent Epidemics, the world's first website to provide clear and concise country-level data on epidemic preparedness and the ability to find, stop, and prevent epidemics.
Selected Honors and Awards to Dr. Tom Frieden
Science. New York University, 2017
Science. Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 2017
Science, Oglethorpe University, 2015
Science, Oberlin College, 2012
Public Service, Tufts University, 2011
Ron Haddock International Impact Award from the American Stroke Association, 2018
MedShare Humanitarian Award, 2017
Campaign for Tobacco Free-Kids Champion Award, 2016
Courageous Leadership Award, National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, 2016
Modern Healthcare and Modern Physician, 50 Most Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare
Arthur P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award, 2015
Time 100 Most Influential People, 2014
Harvard School of Public Health Julius B. Richmond Award, 2014
American Society for Clinical Pathology Patient’s Advocate Award, 2013
Morehouse College, Innovative Creative Entrepreneurial Award, 2013
Elected as member of the National Academy of Sciences, 2009
Prize for Public Service Innovation, Citizens Budget Commission, 2009
Milton and Ruth Roemer Prize for Creative Local Public Health Work, APHA, 2008
American Diabetes Association's Distinguished Service Achievement Award, 2008
The New York Observer’s 100 Most Powerful People in New York, 2008
New York 1’s New Yorker of the Year 2006
Governing Magazine’s Public Official of the Year 2005 Award
Distinguished Service Award, Douglas (Tennessee) Community Health Council, 1982
Distinguished Service Award, New York Psychiatric Hospital, 1978more » « less