Lisa F. Waddell, MD, MPH

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Chief Medical Officer
President's Office

Dr. Lisa Waddell, MPH, is the chief medical officer (CMO) for the CDC Foundation. This is a new role for the CDC Foundation and was created to aid in the Foundation’s COVID-19 emergency response. Dr. Waddell is a preventive medicine and public health physician with over 30 years of local, state, and national public health leadership experience. She has a passion for public health and is committed to promoting and protecting the health of populations. She has a particular interest in addressing the needs of vulnerable populations, needs of moms and babies, and those with disparate health outcomes.

As CMO, Dr. Waddell provided leadership for the development of the COVID-19 Corps Nationwide Surge Staffing initiative, an initiative that includes directing a team of public health professionals who are providing support to health departments across the nation as part of the COVID-19 response. In addition, she supports the CDC Foundation’s capacity building initiative to support Community Based Organizations. Dr. Waddell serves on the Foundation’s executive team and represents the Foundation at national events Full Bio (PDF)