NEW YORK — A leading AIDS researcher was selected Wednesday to run the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal government’s top public health agency.
Dr. Robert Ray Redfield Jr., who rose to prominence in the 1980s as a top researcher into the emerging AIDS epidemic, will be named to the post by Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar.
“Dr. Redfield has dedicated his entire life to promoting public health and providing compassionate care to his patients,” Azar said in a statement. Redfield’s appointment doesn’t need congressional approval.