Who is Rochelle Walensky? It has just been confirmed that Dr. Walensky is Joe Biden’s choice for the head of the Centers for Disease Control. We take a look at her career, relationship and new job.

Who is Rochelle Walensky?

Dr. Rochelle Walensky is an associate medical professor at Harvard Medical School. She specialises in infectious diseases and practices as an ID specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Walensky received her bachelors degree from Washington University, an MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Her previous research has focused on the cost-effectiveness of HIV testing, a look at HIV care and prevention strategies against the virus.

Dr. Walensky has previously been an advisor to the WHO and UNAIDS.

She is married to Dr. Loren Walensky, who is also a medical professor at Harvard. He specialises in cancer research and works in paediatric haematology/oncology. The couple have three sons together.

Dr. Walensky to become head of CDC

As Joe Biden’s nominee for the Director of the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Walensky will work on America’s coronavirus response.

According to the CDC’s mission statement: “Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.”

She responded to the news of her nomination on her Twitter account.

A video of Walensky answering questions about the Covid-19 pandemic can be found here.

We wish her all the best with her new position!

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