Dr. Joseph Perez
Dr. Joseph Perz is with the CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, based in Atlanta, Georgia. He serves as Team Leader for Quality Standards and Safety in the Prevention and Response Branch. Dr. Perz entered the field of public health following training and employment as an engineer and environmental scientist. After receiving a Doctorate in Public Health from Columbia University, he served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the Tennessee Department of Health. Since joining the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1999, Dr. Perz has guided dozens of outbreak investigations and special studies, drawing attention to the needs for safe injection practices and other basic infection control. He has authored or co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. His team’s activities are currently focused on partnerships to eliminate healthcare-associated infections, with an emphasis on interagency collaborations and ambulatory care settings.