Rochelle Walensky Biography – Rochelle Walensky Wiki
Dr. Rochelle Walensky (born Rochelle Paula Bersoff) is the 19th director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the ninth administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). U.S. President Joe Biden selected Dr. Walensky to lead the agency in December 2020. On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, Rochelle P. Walensky officially began her role as the director of CDC and administrator of ATSDR, saying in a statement: “It is truly a privilege to join the world’s premier public health agency. For 75 years, CDC has carried out a mission to protect America’s safety, health, and security at home and abroad.
“I am proud to join this agency, and I recognize the seriousness of the moment. The toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on America is truly heartbreaking — for the loss of our loved ones and our beloved ways of life. At Massachusetts General Hospital, I saw firsthand the many difficulties this pandemic brings to our frontline workers and first responders, hospitals and public health systems, communities, and loved ones.
“Better, healthier days lie ahead. But to get there, COVID-19 testing, surveillance, and vaccination must accelerate rapidly. We must also confront the longstanding public health challenges of social and racial injustice and inequity that have demanded action for far too long. And we must make up for potentially lost ground in areas like suicide, substance use disorder and overdose, chronic diseases, and global health initiatives.
“America and the world are counting on CDC’s science and leadership. Just as it has since the beginning of the pandemic, CDC will continue to focus on what is known — and what more can be learned — about the virus to guide America. As part of that promise, CDC’s Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat will begin leading a comprehensive review of all existing guidance related to COVID-19. Wherever needed, this guidance will be updated so that people can make decisions and take action based upon the best available evidence.
“I am so proud to join CDC. Our 24/7 mission is truly more critical than ever.”
She is an influential scholar whose pioneering research has helped advance the national and global response to HIV/AIDS. Dr. Walensky is also a well-respected expert on the value of testing and treatment of deadly viruses.
Dr. Walensky served as Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital from 2017-2020 and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School from 2012-2020. She served on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic and conducted research on vaccine delivery and strategies to reach underserved communities.
Dr. Walensky is recognized internationally for her work to improve HIV screening and care in South Africa and nationally recognized for motivating health policy and informing clinical trial design and evaluation in a variety of settings.
She is a past Chair of the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council at the National Institutes of Health, Chair-elect of the HIV Medical Association, and previously served as an advisor to both the World Health Organization and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.
Originally from Maryland, Dr. Walensky received her Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, her Doctor of Medicine from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and her Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Rochelle Walensky Age
She was born on April 5, 1969, in Peabody, Massachusetts, United States. She was raised in Maryland.
Rochelle Walensky Parents
She was born to Edward Bersoff and Carol Bersoff-Bernstein.
Rochelle Walensky Husband
Is Rochelle Walensky married? She is married to her husband Loren D. Walensky, who is also a physician-scientist. Rochelle Walensky’s husband graduated from Millburn High School in 1986. During high school, he attended the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division on a classical piano scholarship. He graduated as valedictorian of Princeton University in 1990 and received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a certificate in science policy from the Woodrow Wilson School.
In an interview with Boston.com, Loren D. Walensky and Rochelle P. Walensky said what makes thier relationship work is “We share a deep sense of mutual admiration, respect, and understanding, and we consistently strive to divide and conquer with 50/50 joint effort, always trying not to sweat the “small stuff”. As a result, we’ve become a finely-tuned juggling act, balancing profoundly fulfilling personal and professional lives, with special emphasis on our three wonderful growing boys – Seth, Matthew, and Joshua. When all else fails, we turn to laughter (or chocolate)!”
On the best part of working in the same field, the medical power couple said: “We instinctively understand each other’s daily roller coaster ride, from the challenges and setbacks to the breakthroughs and moments of exhilaration. Whether our minds are preoccupied with the needs of a patient, designing the next experiment, or providing the best advice to a research trainee, we can always rely on each other for sound and reliable feedback.”
Rochelle Walensky Children
She and her husband Loren D. Walensky have three sons; Seth, Matthew, and Joshua.
Rochelle Walensky Family
Rochelle Walensky is the daughter of Edward Bersoff and Carol Bersoff-Bernstein. She is the daughter-in-law of Dr. and Mrs. Norman A. Walensky. She is married to Loren D. Walensky and they have 3 children.
Rochelle Walensky Net Worth
Rochelle Walensky’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million.
Rochelle Walensky Religion
Rochelle Walensky is a Jewish and a member of Temple Emanuel in Newton, Massachusetts.
Rochelle Walensky Height
Rochelle Walensky stands at a height of 6 feet tall. Dr. Loren Walensky, the CDC director’s husband, remembering when he first saw his future wife in the cafeteria of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where they were both students, said: “She stood out. And one of the reasons why she stood out is because she stands tall. Rochelle is 6 feet tall.”
Rochelle Walensky Nationality
She is of American nationality.