Full Name
Dr. Tom Frieden
Job Title
President and CEO,
Current Employer
Resolve To Save Lives
Speaker Bio
Dr. Tom Frieden is a physician trained in internal medicine, infectious diseases, public health, and epidemiology. He is former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and former commissioner of the New York City Health Department. Dr. Frieden is currently President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives.
Dr. Frieden began his public health career in New York City leading efforts that documented and ended the largest outbreak of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis to occur in the US. He was then assigned to India, on loan from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he helped scale up a program for effective tuberculosis diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring that saved millions of lives. Asked to return to New York City to become Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s Health Commissioner, he directed efforts to reduce smoking and other leading causes of death that increased life expectancy by 3 years. As Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Frieden oversaw the work that helped end the 2014 West Africa Ebola epidemic.

Dr. Frieden founded Resolve to Save Lives in 2017 and leads the organization’s efforts to partner with countries to prevent 100 million deaths from cardiovascular disease and to make the world safer from epidemics. In just five years, these efforts had prevented more than 5 million deaths.

Dr. Frieden is also Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations. His essays and scientific articles provide insights on a wide range of health problems—and how to address them—in the United States and around the world.
Tom Frieden