National Forum Chair & Exec. Dir. Applaud Giles’ Appointment to Lead CDC Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Unit

Dave Zook

December 1, 2016

Statement by Dave Zook and John M. Clymer: 


The appointment of Wayne H. Giles, MD, MS as Director of CDC’s Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention is a huge plus for the agency, public health, and the nation.  Dr. Giles brings deep experience as a physician, scientist and public health leader to this important post.  He was part of the team that developed the nation’s Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke.  I am confident that Dr. Giles’ leadership will advance CDC’s efforts and strengthen its collaborations to prevent today’s leading cause of death—heart disease and stroke—and eliminate disparities in cardiovascular health.

Statement by Dr. Ursula E. Bauer: 

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the selection of Wayne H. Giles, M.D., M.S., as Director, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP). 

Dr. Giles holds a B.S. (Biology) from Washington University, an M.S. (Epidemiology) from the University of Maryland, and an M.D. from Washington University. He completed residencies in both Internal Medicine (University of Alabama at Birmingham) and Preventive Medicine (University of Maryland).  Dr. Giles joined CDC in 1992 as a cardiovascular disease epidemiologist in the Cardiovascular Studies Branch. Since 2006, when the branch became the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, he has served as the Director of, first, the Division of Adult and Community Health and then, the Division of Population Health, where he has led and guided a broad and expanding portfolio of programs covering topics and areas as diverse as aging, arthritis, alcohol, school health, prevention research centers, sleep and risk factor surveillance.

Dr. Giles’ past research and scientific work includes studies examining the prevalence of hypertension in Africa, clinical trials evaluating the effectiveness of cholesterol-lowering agents, and studies examining racial differences in the incidence of stroke. He has over 150 publications in peer reviewed journals and has authored several book chapters. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Charles C. Shepard Award in Assessment and Epidemiology and the Center’s Jeffrey P. Koplan Award. Dr. Giles is a distinguished national and international public health leader.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Giles to his new position at the helm of the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, a position he will assume on January 8, 2017.  I am pleased to announce Dr. Kurt Greenlund has agreed to serve as acting director of the Division of Population Health.

I am especially grateful to Dr. Cathleen Walsh for so ably serving as acting director of DHDSP during our search for a permanent director.

Thank you,

Ursula E. Bauer, PhD, MPH
Director, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention