@ Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
Dr. Nancy Messonnier (CAPT, USPHS, RET) is Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) where she is responsible for oversight and direction of over 1200 staff in a broad program to prevent disease, disability, and death through immunization and by control of respiratory and related diseases.
Dr. Messonnier received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania, her MD from the University of Chicago School of Medicine, and internal medicine residency training at the University of Pennsylvania before beginning her public health career in 1995 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in 1995. She has held a number of scientific and leadership posts within CDC’s infectious disease programs, including CDC’s cross-cutting laboratory, global health, and surveillance initiatives.
She has been a champion for prevention and control of bacterial meningitis in the United States and in the African Meningitis Belt. She has been a leader in CDC’s preparedness and response to anthrax, including during the 2001 intentional anthrax release and in evaluating simplified schedules for use of licensed anthrax vaccine. Dr. Messonnier has written more than 140 articles and chapters and has received numerous awards, including, in 2011, NCIRD’s Philip Horne Award for unparalleled scientific contributions, exceptional mentorship, and staff development.