Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will deliver the keynote address at Case Western Reserve University's commencement ceremony on May 21 at the Veale Convocation Center, 2128 Adelbert Road. Commencement activities begin at 9:30 a.m.
Gerberding became the CDC director in July 2002. The CDC is one of the 13 major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services, which is the principal agency in the United States government for protecting the health and safety of all Americans. She also is the administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).
"Dr. Gerberding is a reassuring presence on the front line as Americans and the rest of the global population face new threats to our health and well-being," said Case President Edward M. Hundert, M.D. "We are honored to welcome our distinguished alumna back to campus to present her vital message to our new graduates and the rest of the Case community."
She previously served as the acting deputy director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases, where she played a major role in leading the CDC's response to the anthrax bioterrorism events of 2001. Her career at the CDC began in 1998 when she joined as director of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the NCID, where she developed patient safety initiatives and other programs to prevent infections and medical errors in healthcare settings.
In addition to the CDC, Gerberding has a background in academia. She is currently an associate clinical professor of medicine at Emory University, and she was a faculty member at the University of California at San Francisco.
A double alumna of Case, Gerberding earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry and biology, as well as her medical degree, from the university.
Approximately 2,000 students will graduate this May. For more information about Case's commencement ceremony, go to http://www.case.edu/commencement.
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