Director of the Division of Global HIV and TB (DGHT) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Dr. Shannon Hader, MD, MPH serves as the Director of the Division of Global HIV and TB (DGHT) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Hader has an extensive background in domestic and international HIV/AIDS and has worked in challenging socio-economic and political environments, emphasizing accountability, scale, and impact for sustainable responses.
Dr. Hader began her career at CDC in 1999 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. Since then, she has served in key health leadership roles both internationally and domestically. As a Commander in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, assigned to CDC, she worked as a medical epidemiologist for the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, CDC Country Director and DGHA lead in Zimbabwe, and a senior scientific advisor to the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) at the Department of State’s Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. In 2007, Dr. Hader left the federal government to work for the District of Columbia Department of Health, where she served as Director of the HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Administration for three years.
Prior to her return to CDC, Dr. Hader served as Vice President and Director for the Center for Health Systems and Solutions at the Futures Group. In addition, Dr. Hader spent a year as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow, where she served on the health policy staff of Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, chair of the Sub-committee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, International Environmental Protection, and Peace Corps, of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Hader earned her medical degree and master of public health from Columbia University and her BS in biological sciences from Stanford University. She completed a combined medicine/pediatrics residency at Duke University, and an infectious diseases fellowship at Emory University. She has served as a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Emory University, and was a Katherine Houghton Hepburn Fellow at Bryn Mawr College.