Anne Schuchat is an American doctor who served as Acting Director of the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is the world’s leading research organisation for the control and prevention of diseases. She has also served as the Acting Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Schuchar previously held the same position from January 20 through July 7, 2017.
She is an Assistant Surgeon General holding the rank of rear admiral in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Having worked with the CDC on immunization, respiratory, and other infectious diseases since 1988, she served as the Interim Deputy Director for Science and Public Health at the CDC from February 2009 to June 2009. She has also held other posts in the CDC.
Schuchar has emphasized the prevention of infectious diseases in children. Her emphasis on perinatal group B streptococcal disease prevention has led to an 80 percent reduction in newborn infections and a 75 percent narrowing of racial disparities among sufferers of the infectious disease.