Robert Ray Redfield Jr. is an American virologist. He is the current director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the current administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, having served in both positions since March 2018.
Early life and education
Robert Ray Redfield Jr. was born in 1951. His parents were both scientists at the National Institutes of Health; Redfield's career in medical research was influenced by this background. Redfield attended Georgetown University, and at college worked in Columbia University laboratories where investigations focused on the involvement of retroviruses in human disease.
Redfield earned a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University's College of Arts and Sciences in 1973. He then attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and was awarded his Doctor of Medicine in 1977.
Redfield has received several awards over the course of his career as a physician-scientist, including an honorary degree from the New York Medical College, a lifetime services award from the Institute for Advanced Studies in Immunology and Aging, and the Surgeon General's Physician Recognition Award. In 2012, along with William Blattner, he was named entrepreneur of the year at the University of Maryland. In 2016 he was named the inaugural Robert C. Gallo, MD Endowed Professors in Translational Medicine.
Redfield is married to Joyce Hoke, whom he met while delivering babies as a medical student when she was a nursing assistant. They have six children and nine grandchildren.