Deborah Birx Biography – Deborah Birx Wiki
Deborah Birx born Deborah Leah Birx is an American physician and diplomat. She is the response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force. According to her State Department bio, she is the Coordinator of the United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy.
As the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Birx oversees the implementation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), as well as all U.S. Government engagement with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
As the U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, she aligns the U.S. Government’s diplomacy with foreign assistance programs that address global health challenges and accelerate progress toward: achieving an AIDS-free generation; ending preventable child and maternal deaths; and preventing, detecting, and responding to infectious disease threats.
Birx began her career in 1985 with the Department of Defense (DoD) as a military-trained clinician in immunology, focusing on HIV/AIDS vaccine research. From 1985-1989, she served as an Assistant Chief of the Hospital Immunology Service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
From 1996-2005, she served as the Director of the U.S. Military HIV Research Program (USMHRP) at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.
She rose to the rank of Colonel and as a Colonel, she was awarded two prestigious U.S. Meritorious Service Medals and the Legion of Merit Award for her groundbreaking research, leadership, and management skills during her tenure at DOD.
From 2005-2014, Ambassador Birx served as the Director of CDC’s Division of Global HIV/AIDS (DGHA). As DGHA Director, she led the implementation of CDC’s PEPFAR programs around the world and managed an annual budget of more than $1.5 billion.
In 2011, Birx received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the African Society for Laboratory Medicine. In 2014, CDC honored her leadership in advancing the agency’s HIV/AIDS response with the highly prestigious William C. Watson, Jr. Medal of Excellence.
Deborah Birx Education
She received her medical degree from the Hershey School of Medicine, Pennsylvania State University, and beginning in 1980 she trained in internal medicine and basic and clinical immunology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Institutes of Health.
Deborah Birx Age
Deborah Birx was born on April 4, 1956, in Pennsylvania, United States.
Deborah Birx Family
Deborah Birx from a scientifically-oriented family. Her father, Donald, was a mathematician and electrical engineer and her mother, Adele, was a nursing instructor. One brother was a mathematician and the other a nuclear physicist.
Deborah Birx Husband
Information about Deborah Birx’s husband is being updated. In 1983, Deborah L. Birx suffered excessive bleeding while giving birth. Before she lost consciousness from pain, she yelled to her husband: “Do not let them give me blood!” The blood she would have received was later discovered to be contaminated with H.I.V, according to The New York Times.
Deborah Birx Daughters
She has 2 daughters, Devynn Birx-Raybuck and Danielle Birx-Raybuck.
Deborah Birx Married
Deborah Birx is married.