Ronald O. Valdiserri, MD, MPH ’88, was named the deputy assistant secretary for health, infectious diseases, in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). In this capacity, Valdiserri works closely with the assistant secretary for health to develop scientific and policy advice to ensure coordinated approaches within and across DHHS agencies to address infectious diseases of national public health significance. His office plays a major role in implementing the recently released National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
Prior to joining DHHS, Valdiserri served for nearly four years as the chief consultant for public health in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Before his tenure at the VA, Valdiserri spent 18 years at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between 1996 and 2006 he was the deputy director of the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention where he played a key role in developing policies and programs for the prevention and control of HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis. Valdiserri earned his MPH from Pitt in 1988 while he was on faculty at the School of Medicine.