Columbia doctor Lisa Waddell has been named chief medical officer of the CDC Foundation, the independent nonprofit which supports the work of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The position is a new one for the foundation, according to a news release, and was created to aid in the organization’s response to the COVID-19 health crisis.
Waddell joins the CDC Foundation from the March of Dimes, where she served as deputy chief medical and health officer and senior vice president for maternal and child health impact nationwide. In her new role, she will manage the foundation’s COVID-19 response efforts, including directing a team of senior advisors who are providing support to health departments across the country.
“As work on the response continues at a rapid pace, we identified the need for a physician and seasoned public health leader to provide oversight and guidance to our response team,” Dr. Judith Monroe, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation, said in the release. “Lisa’s experience and knowledge make her an ideal candidate for this role. We are excited to have her on our team.”
Waddell has also worked with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials as chief of community health and prevention and served as deputy commissioner for health services for the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Waddell is a member of the American College of Preventive Medicine, the American Public Health Association, the National Medical Association and the S.C. Public Health Association. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia, where she completed her residency in preventive medicine/public health.
Waddell, a graduate of the National Public Health Leadership Institute, received a master’s in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.o