Joseph (Joe) Woodring, DO, MPH, MTM&H, FACPMChief of Behavioral and Clinical Research Section HIV/STD Research Program Thailand MOPH - U.S. CDC Collaboration (TUC)

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Joseph (Joe) Woodring


CDR Joseph Woodring is an officer in the U.S. Public Health Service and interested in global health, vaccine, tropical medicine, and emergency response. He looks to apply his international and domestic research, policy and advocacy skills and address unmet global public health issues which may also involve U.S. policy.

In his current role, he is the Chief of Behavioral and Clinical Research Section for the HIV/STD Research Program, a collaboration between the U.S. CDC and the Thailand Ministry of Public Health, stationed in Nonthaburi, Thailand. 

He has served as the hepatitis B focal point for 37 countries and 1.8 billion people for the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific. In this capacity, he guided prevention, control and eradication programs, and developed regional and country control targets and policies for this region which contain 45 percent of global hepatitis B chronic infections and 40 percent of the global deaths from viral hepatitis.

Dr. Woodring has served in the U.S. Public Health at the CDC since 2012, after having previously served in the U.S. Army from 2001 to 2012. In 2010 he deployed to Baghdad, Iraq for 12 months, acting as the U.S. Army preventive medicine consultant for the country, helping develop policies on tuberculosis, blood-borne pathogens, travel medicine, and contractor health issues.

During his epidemiology fellowship in the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service program, he published research that led to changes in CDC’s national HIV testing policy and deployed to emergency responses involving multistate fungal meningitis outbreaks in the U.S. in 2012 and measles outbreaks associated with Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2014. From 2013 to 2015 he worked as the senior medical officer for the Operations Branch of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Study in CDC National Center for Health Statistics. During this time, Dr. Woodring deployed to Liberia in 2014 as a CDC team lead when 40-60 Ebola cases were being diagnosed daily and to Sierra Leone in 2015 as a CDC site lead for an Ebola vaccine trial.

*Dr. Woodring is serving as a member of the Board of Regents in his personal capacity