Jeffrey Koplan Resigns as Director of the CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Brief A

Author: Matthew Neff
Date: March 15, 2002

Jeffrey P. Koplan, M.D., M.P.H., recently resigned as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and administrator, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, effective March 31, 2002. Among the accomplishments of his tenure at the CDC, Koplan cited the agency's efficient response to the nation's first bioterrorism event (the anthrax letters last fall) and the effort to build up the nation's capacity to respond to bioterrorism and other public health threats. Other highlights included addressing the nation's obesity epidemic, focusing on the prevention of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, maintaining the highest national immunization coverage levels, and pushing the world closer to eradicating polio. Dr. Koplan was named CDC director in 1998 and has spent 26 years in public service.

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