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Patrick Breysse, Ph.D.

Director, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Patrick Breysse, Ph.D. Dr. Patrick Breysse joined the CDC in 2014 as Director of the National Center for Environmental Health Agency/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease. In 2017, the CDC published the Legionella toolkit, Developing a Water Management Program to Reduce Legionella Growth & Spread in Buildings. Under Dr. Breysse’s leadership, the CDC has prioritized work on exposure to lead and safe drinking water, initiated new actions to address exposure to hazardous chemicals and has played a critical role in the CDC’s emergency preparedness and response to natural disasters and chemical exposures.

He previously conducted research for Johns Hopkins University, where his work focused on the evaluation and control of chemical, biological and physical factors that can affect health, with a concentration on risk and exposure assessment.

Dr. Breysse earned his Ph.D. in environmental health engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1985 and completed postdoctoral training at the British Institute for Occupational Medicine in Edinburgh, Scotland.