The CDC Foundation today announced that Lisa Waddell, MD, MPH, has been named chief medical officer (CMO). This is a new position for the CDC Foundation and was created to aid in the Foundation’s COVID-19 emergency response. As CMO, Waddell will manage COVID-19 response efforts, including directing the Foundation’s team of senior advisors, who are providing support to health departments across the nation, and the COVID-19 Corps surge staff hired as part of the response. In this role, Waddell will serve on the Foundation’s executive team.
“As work on the response continues at a rapid pace, we identified the need for a physician and seasoned public health leader to provide oversight and guidance to our response team,” said Judith Monroe, MD, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation. “Lisa’s experience and knowledge make her an ideal candidate for this role. We are excited to have her on our team.”