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Thank You and Congratulations to Dr. Tom Frieden

By Amy Pisani

Congratulations to CDC’s Dr. Thomas Frieden, One of Time Magazine’s, People Who Mattered in 2009.

 Time magazine has named CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden as one of the “People Who Mattered” in their Person of the Year Runner’s Up List.  Dr. Frieden was chosen for his exceptional management of the H1N1 response efforts by the CDC and their public health counterparts.  Included in Time’s list of achievements are his “controversial call in October to release the long-awaited H1N1 influenza vaccine in small batches as soon as they rolled off production lines” and the overall manner in which he has commanded the battle against H1N1, a very unpredictable foe. 

 Dr. Frieden became one of my favorite people when he led the ban on trans fats and cigarettes in New York with unwavering commitment.  Having lost two parents, who were coincidentally New York natives, to lung disease, I found his unapologetic stance outstanding. 

His superb communication efforts with public health entities and the public in general as we have prepared to unroll the largest vaccination effort in decades is but another example of his commitment to public health and his ability to get the job done.  Congratulations on a well deserved recognition Dr. Frieden – although you only needed to look in your own public health back yard to know that we already recognized you as a Person Who Mattered.

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