Rochelle Walensky


Dr. Rochelle Paula Walensky (née Bersoff; born April 5, 1969) is an American physician-scientist who is the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

Prior to her appointment at the CDC, she was the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, is the chief of the Infectious Diseases Division at Massachusetts General Hospital, Steve and Deborah Gorlin MGH

Research Scholar 2015-2020, and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Walensky’s research has focused on infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS policy, including cost-effective strategies for HIV care in the U.S. and in resource-limited settings.

She has also advocated for routine HIV screening both here and around the globe.

She is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the American Association of Physicians and the DHHS Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents, and she is past chair of the NIH Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council.

She has also been an advisor to the WHO and UNAIDS. Dr. Walensky received her MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and her MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health.

She trained in internal medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and in infectious diseases at the MGH/BWH combined fellowship program.

She is married to a physician scientist, Loren Walensky, MD, PhD, and is the mother of 3 boys: ages 15, 17 and 19.