Commonwealth National Podcast

Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (7/22/2010)


Thomas Frieden, M.D., M.Ph., Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Administrator, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Haile T. Debas, Executive Director, UCSF Global Health Sciences; chancellor emeritus, ucsf; Dean Emeritus, UCSF School of Medicine - Moderator

As director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Frieden works to control communicable and noncommunicable diseases in the United States and around the world. He led the nation’s response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic. Most recently, his efforts have focused upon protecting the nation’s water supply against high levels of lead as well as raising awareness to the dangers of tobacco – the single largest preventable cause of death, killing 443,000 Americans every year and costing $193 billion in annual direct medical costs. As head of the CDC, Frieden has called for urgent action to be taken against abuse of prescription painkillers, which have caused a 111 percent increase in emergency room treatment and is threatening America’s public health system. Come hear about the next potential pandemic and how we are combating future outbreaks.

This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco on July 22, 2010