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Anne Schuchat '80

Anne Schuchat

Schuchat has served as principal deputy director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 2015. A physician and epidemiologist, she began her public health career as an epidemic intelligence service officer at the CDC in 1988 and directed the agency’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases from 2006 to 2015.

Schuchat spearheaded prevention of newborn infection from group B streptococcal disease in the 1990s. She has worked in West Africa, on meningitis, pneumonia, and Ebola vaccine trials; South Africa, on surveillance and prevention projects; and China, on Beijing’s SARS emergency response. She has authored or co-authored more than 230 scientific articles, book chapters, and reviews.

Schuchat earned a B.A. with highest honors in philosophy from Swarthmore and an M.D. with honors from Dartmouth Medical School. She served on Swarthmore's Alumni Council in 1992.