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Wayne H. Giles, M.D., M.S., Selected as Director for the CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

Nov 30, 2016

Wayne H. Giles, M.D., M.S., has been selected as Director, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC.)

Dr. Giles holds a B.S. (Biology) from Washington University, an M.S. (Epidemiology) from the University of Maryland, and an M.D. from Washington University. He completed residencies in both Internal Medicine (University of Alabama at Birmingham) and Preventive Medicine (University of Maryland).  Dr. Giles joined CDC in 1992 as a cardiovascular disease epidemiologist in the Cardiovascular Studies Branch. Since 2006, when the branch became the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, he has served as the Director of, first, the Division of Adult and Community Health and then, the Division of Population Health, where he has led and guided a broad and expanding portfolio of programs covering topics and areas as diverse as aging, arthritis, alcohol, school health, prevention research centers, sleep and risk factor surveillance.

Dr. Giles’ past research and scientific work includes studies examining the prevalence of hypertension in Africa, clinical trials evaluating the effectiveness of cholesterol-lowering agents, and studies examining racial differences in the incidence of stroke. He has over 150 publications in peer reviewed journals and has authored several book chapters. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Charles C. Shepard Award in Assessment and Epidemiology and the Center’s Jeffrey P. Koplan Award. Dr. Giles is a distinguished national and international public health leader.