Stephanie Zaza, MD, MPH, FACPMCaptain (retired), U.S. Public Health ServicePresident
Dr. Stephanie Zaza served for 25 years as a medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service.
During her tenure, she helped create and then lead the Guide to Community Preventive Services. Dr. Zaza also led the Steps to a HealthierUS initiative, a program designed to implement evidence-based chronic disease prevention programs in communities across the country. Dr. Zaza was deployed to Baton Rouge, Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to assist with recovery of the public health system. From that service, she was selected to serve as strategy officer and deputy director of CDC’s preparedness and response program. In 2009, Dr. Zaza served in key leadership positions within CDC’s Emergency Operations Center to respond to the H1N1 Influenza pandemic.
Following the creation of CDC’s Epidemiology and Analysis Program Office (EAPO) in 2010, Dr. Zaza was selected as its inaugural director, leading several of CDC’s flagship programs, including the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, CDC’s Stephen B. Thacker Public Health Library, the Guide to Community Preventive Services, and CDC’s unique and long-standing Epi Info software program. Dr. Zaza’s leadership of EAPO also resulted in numerous critical reports for the agency including oversight of the CDC Vital Signs series and new reports on health disparities and the delivery of clinical preventive services.
Dr. Zaza concluded her CDC career as the director of CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH). In this role, she championed the healthy growth of teens, including their emotional, psychological and sexual development. During her time leading DASH, Dr. Zaza successfully increased its budget, integrated DASH with other programs addressing HIV, STDs and adolescent health, and oversaw the development of a new report regarding the health risk behaviors of sexual-minority teens. Dr. Zaza is a 1990 graduate of the combined BS/MD program at Youngstown State University and the Northeast Ohio Medical University, an alumna of CDC’s prestigious Epidemic Intelligence Service, and a graduate of CDC’s Preventive Medicine Residency program. She earned a Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dr. Zaza is board certified in public health and preventive medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine.