Tom Frieden

Tom Frieden is the President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, a global non-profit initiative funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and part of the global non-profit Vital Strategies, working with countries to prevent 100 million deaths and make the world safer from epidemics. Frieden is a physician trained in internal medicine, infectious diseases, public health, and epidemiology. He is former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and former commissioner of the New York City Health Department. He previously worked on tuberculosis control programs in New York City and India and has published more than 250 articles, reports, and chapters on infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases and risk factors, and health policy. Frieden is also a senior fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations.



Tackling Air Pollution Starts at Home

Rapidly developing countries critically need clean household energy  


The Politics of Primary Health Care

A Q & A with health leaders from Costa Rica and Thailand


Food Fight: Fighting for Healthier Food is a Life-or-Death Struggle

Governments should act now to build resilient populations, protected from nutrition-related diseases


The Double Threat of COVID-19 in Africa

Deaths from health-care disruptions due to COVID-19 are almost certain to outnumber deaths from the coronavirus itself


COVID-19 This Week—The Looming Question: Internal Travel Restrictions

To reduce risk, we must close bars and other indoor spaces, reduce crowds, mask up, wash hands, and increase distancing


COVID-19 This Week: The Tide Is Beginning to Turn, But Is Still Very High

The better we understand coronavirus, our risk, and our response with real-time intelligence, the better we can fight it


COVID-19 This Week: On the Brink

The United States is a global outlier—a long way from vaccines or containment, even as we consider reopening schools


Coronavirus Epidemiology This Week

We won’t stop COVID-19 until we focus on the data that matter


A New Normal With COVID-19: The Next Steps We Must Take

With good strategy and strong execution, we will be able to return to a safer, more united world with better health care