Centers for Chief Disease and Prevention Chief Executive Officer Anne Schuchat, MD (RADM, USPHS, RET), was named a finalist in the 2021 Partnership for Public Service. American Medal, known as “Sammies.” Dr. Schuchat is a finalist in the Paul A. Volcker Career Achievement Category recognizing a federal employee for leading significant and sustained achievements throughout a federal career of 20 or more years.
Sammies governs throughout the awards that recognize the talents and achievements of outstanding federal employees.
“During his 33 -year career at the CDC, Dr. Schuchat has led some of the highest profile and most consequential outbreak investigations and responses in the agency’s history,” said CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH. “As a CDC chief director and the agency’s highest -ranking permanent staff member since 2015, he was an outstanding leader and a steady hand at the wheel during a turbulent time for the agency. , including the current challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. “
Dr. Schuchat has twice served as acting director at the CDC. He has played a major role in many of the CDC’s emergency responses. This included serving as chief health officer during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic flu response; served as CDC incident manager in response to COVID-19 during the end of March through April 2020; and supporting the Washington, DC field team during the bioterrorist anthrax response in 2001. He also played key roles in the Ebola, Zika, and EVALI responses.
Much has been done by Drs. Schuchat in his 33 years at the CDC along with finding the origin of a listeria outbreak among newborns in Costa Rica; leading first agency prevention guidelines for perinatal group B streptococcal infections; and to serve as inaugural director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases from 2006-2015. In 2003, he led the WHO team investigating the 2003 SARS epidemic in Beijing. He has worked in West Africa on meningitis, pneumonia, and Ebola vaccine trials, and in South Africa on surveillance and prevention projects. Since 2015 he has served as the agency’s principal deputy director.
“He has nurtured and taught the next generation of public health professionals, holding him as the most important public servant – humble and kind to the man who still drives and relentlessly for public health,” he added. by Walensky. “He exemplifies the highest virtues of public service, scientific excellence, and integrity. He has done so with grace, dignity and has earned my great appreciation and admiration.”
The Sammys were selected for Samuel J. Heyman, founder of Partnership for Public Service. This year there are 29 finalists for Sammies, and members of the public can vote online to select the federal employee they believe has made the most significant public service contributions to People’s Choice. webpageexternal icon. Winners will be announced in the summer.