Dr. Robert R. Redfield is an American virologist and infectious disease physician who most served as Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2018-2020, advising the nation during one of the most tumultuous and fast-paced scientific discovery environments of our time, the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dr. Redfield has experienced three vastly unique, surprising, and scientifically complex global epidemics during his career: Ebola, HIV/AIDS, and COVID-19. As such, he holds the unique perspective of someone who has played a significant role in finding, studying, and publishing some of the most important scientific discoveries and medical advancements in modern history. Redfield is passionate about teaching the body to heal itself resulting in self-limited chronic viruses.
While Director of CDC, Redfield’s accomplishments included advancing the presidential initiative to end HIV transmission by 2030, successfully responding to three Ebola epidemics, developing a new program to confront the nation’s expanding drug use disorder, identifying and responding to Acute Flaccid Myelitis, developing programs to address growing nicotine addiction in children and adolescents, and of course leading CDC’s COVID-19 response.
In 2022, Dr. Redfield cofounded Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment Inc. (PDTi) with Dr. Yichen Lu, Ph.D. PDTi is a U.S. based global health company specializing in vaccines, antivirals, and other innovative preventative treatment technology. PDTi aims to bring COVID and various other vaccines to millions of people in need around the world and to provide access to new generations of approved vaccines that are safer, more effective, and longer-lasting.