Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Public Health, US
Dr. Martin Cetron is currently the Director for the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The DGMQ mission is to prevent introduction and spread of infectious diseases in the U.S. and to prevent morbidity and mortality among immigrants, refugees, migrant workers, and international travelers. Dr. Cetron has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications and received numerous awards for his work.
Dr. Cetron holds faculty appointments in the Division of Infectious Disease at the Emory University School of Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology at Rollins School of Public Health. His primary research interests are international health and global migration with a focus on emerging infections, tropical diseases, and vaccine-preventable diseases in mobile populations.
Dr. Cetron has worked at the CDC since 1992 where he has led several domestic and international outbreak investigations, conducted epidemiologic research, and been involved in domestic and international emergency responses. Dr. Cetron’s program is responsible for providing medical screening and disease prevention programs to 80,000 refugees prior to U.S. resettlement each year. He has played a leadership role in CDC responses to intentional and naturally-acquired emerging infectious disease outbreaks including the anthrax bio-terrorism incident, the global SARS epidemic, and the U.S. Monkeypox outbreak.
Dr. Cetron is part of the CDC Pandemic Influenza planning and preparedness team. As such, he leads CDC’s preparedness for international border responses and community mitigation strategies. Dr. Cetron is also part of the WHO Influenza Pandemic Task Force.
He received his B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1981, and his M.D. from Tufts University in 1985. He trained in Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia and Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington before joining the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service and becoming a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) in 1992.