Rima Khabbaz

Director, National Center for Emerging & Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (Ncezid) at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Rima Khabbaz

Rima Khabbaz

Director, National Center for Emerging & Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (Ncezid) at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Rima Khabbaz, MD

Rima Khabbaz, MD, is the CDC Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Office of Infectious Diseases (OID). She also is currently serving as acting Director for the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. In these positions, she provides leadership to the efforts of CDC's infectious disease national centers and helps to advance the Agency's cross-cutting infectious disease priorities including the integration of advanced molecular detection (AMD) technologies into public health.

Previous CDC positions include acting director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), acting director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), director of the National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases (NCPDCID); director, acting deputy director, and associate director for epidemiologic science in the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID); and deputy director and associate director for science in the Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases (DVRD).

"In this highly connected world, microbes continue to challenge us, both here and globally. We must use the best expertise, science, and technology available to detect these threats quickly and respond as effectively as we can."

—Rima Khabbaz, MD

Her first job at CDC was an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer in NCID's Hospital Infections Program. She later served as a medical epidemiologist in NCID's Retrovirus Diseases Branch, where she made major contributions to defining the epidemiology of the non-HIV retroviruses, specifically human T lymphotropic viruses (HTLV) I and II, in the United States and to developing guidance for counseling HTLV–infected persons. Following the hantavirus pulmonary syndrome outbreak in the southwestern United States in 1993, she led CDC's efforts to set up national surveillance for this syndrome. She also played a key role in developing and coordinating CDC's blood safety and food safety programs related to viral diseases.

She has served in leadership positions during many of CDC’s responses to outbreaks of new and/or reemerging infections, including Nipah, Ebola, West Nile virus, SARS, and monkeypox, and she led the CDC field team to the nation's capital during the public health response to the anthrax attacks of 2001.

Dr. Khabbaz is a graduate of the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, where she obtained both her bachelor's degree in science (biology/chemistry) and her medical doctorate degree. She trained in internal medicine and completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. In addition to her CDC position, she serves as clinical adjunct professor of medicine (infectious diseases) at Emory University.

Dr. Khabbaz is a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), a member of the American Epidemiological Society, and a member of the American Society for Microbiology and of the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. She is a graduate of the Public Health Leadership Institute at the University of North Carolina and the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. She served on IDSA's Annual Meeting Scientific Program Committee and serves on the society's Public Health Committee. She also is a member of the Institute of Medicine's Forum on Microbial Threats.

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Rima Khabbaz
Director, National Center for Emerging & Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (Ncezid) at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Education
Bachelor′S Degree in Science, Medical Doctorate Degree

The American University of Beirut is a private, secular, and independent university in Beirut, Lebanon. Degrees awarded at the American University of Beirut (AUB) are officially registered with the New York Board of Regents. On April 24, 1863, the State of New York granted a charter for the Syrian Protestant College. The college, which was renamed the American University of Beirut in 1920, opened on December 3, 1866.

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TO PROMOTE AND ADVANCE THE MICROBIAL SCIENCES.

Career History
Director, National Center for Emerging & Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (Ncezid)
2006 - Current

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention operates as a government health center. It helps to prevent and control infectious and chronic diseases, injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities and environmental health threats. It conducts research and investigations for its action oriented approach. The company was founded on July 1, 1946 and is located in Atlanta, GA.

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
Current

Emory University School of Medicine is the Graduate Medical School of Emory University and a component of Emory’s Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center. . Emory University School of Medicine traces its origins back to 1915 when the Atlanta Medical College (founded 1854), the Southern Medical College (1878), and the Atlanta School of Medicine (founded 1905) merged.

Fellowship in Infectious Diseases
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University of Maryland School of Medicine

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Member, National & Global Public Health Committee
Current

To promote excellence in the prevention and care of infectious diseases.

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