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  • Press Release

    AAMC Statement on President Biden’s Intent to Appoint Mandy Cohen, MD, as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

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    Stuart Heiser, Senior Media Relations Specialist

    AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, and Chief Public Policy Officer Danielle Turnipseed, JD, MHSA, MPP, issued the following statement in response to President Biden’s intent to appoint Mandy Cohen, MD, as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

    “The AAMC applauds President Biden’s intent to appoint Mandy Cohen, MD, as director of the CDC. Dr. Cohen has proven through her experience and previous performance that she is ready for this position. As secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, she focused on improving patient access to efficient care, addressing social determinants of health, and treating patients holistically to ensure the best possible health outcomes. The CDC has been a critical partner to the academic medicine community as we work together to improve coordination between the field of public health and medical schools, teaching hospitals, and health systems, and we are confident that Dr. Cohen will continue to champion this partnership. 

    With a firm grasp on the most pressing public health issues facing our nation, Dr. Cohen has been recognized as a national leader for her expertise and execution. She is well-positioned to lead the country through challenging times in public health that require precision, experience, diplomacy, and an innovative spirit. 

    The AAMC worked closely with Dr. Cohen when she was chief operating officer and chief of staff at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and she brings a deep understanding of the health care sector and the critical role academic medical centers and teaching hospitals play in health care and public health.

    The AAMC thanks Rochelle Walensky, MD, outgoing CDC director, for demonstrating her dedication and commitment to the health of all Americans by enacting positive public health reforms during an extremely challenging time for public health. 

    The AAMC is eager to work with Dr. Cohen and looks forward to supporting the vital work of the CDC in improving the health of people, families, and communities across the nation.” 

    The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) is a nonprofit association dedicated to improving the health of people everywhere through medical education, health care, medical research, and community collaborations. Its members are all 158 U.S. medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education; 13 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 400 academic health systems and teaching hospitals, including Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 70 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC leads and serves America’s medical schools, academic health systems and teaching hospitals, and the millions of individuals across academic medicine, including more than 193,000 full-time faculty members, 96,000 medical students, 153,000 resident physicians, and 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences. Following a 2022 merger, the Alliance of Academic Health Centers and the Alliance of Academic Health Centers International broadened participation in the AAMC by U.S. and international academic health centers.