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The Honorable Robert Redfield, M.D.

Virologist and Infectious Disease Physician; Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2018-2021); Administrator, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (2018-2021); Retired Army Colonel

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Robert Redfield, M.D. is an American virologist and physician who has been on the cutting edge of some of the most significant scientific medical discoveries of modern history. He is widely respected for his central role in the establishment of the HIV/AIDS clinical research vaccine and subsequent development programs for therapeutic and preventative use.

Dr. Redfield approaches his work faithfully and with fervent dedication to researching the body’s immune system and biological pathways to prevent and heal disease.

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Dr. Robert R. Redfield is an American virologist and infectious disease physician who most recently served as Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, advising the nation during one of the most tumultuous and fast-paced scientific discovery environments of our time, the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr. Redfield has experienced three vastly unique, surprising, and scientifically complex global epidemics during his career: Ebola, HIV/AIDS, and COVID-19. As such, he holds the unique perspective of someone who has played a significant role in finding, studying, and publishing some of the most important scientific discoveries and medical advancements in modern history. Redfield is passionate about teaching the body to heal itself resulting in self-limited chronic viruses.

While Director of CDC, Redfield’s accomplishments included advancing the presidential initiative to end HIV transmission by 2030, successfully responding to three Ebola epidemics, developing a new program to confront the nation’s expanding drug use disorder, identifying and responding to Acute Flaccid Myelitis, developing programs to address growing nicotine addiction in children and adolescents, and of course leading CDC’s COVID-19 response.

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Renowned virologist Dr. Redfield lends his experience as a career Army physician and one of the military’s chief AIDS researchers to this powerful speech describing the characteristics of the HIV/AIDS virus and the scientific research leading to a cure. Dr. Redfield brought the initial initiative for treatment and prevention to President George W. Bush while serving as a member of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS from 2005 to 2009, armed with the knowledge and belief that future transmission of the virus could be controlled and eliminated with the necessary commitment of efforts and resources. In this presentation, Dr. Redfield illustrates and exemplifies the ways forward-thinking leadership with science-based knowledge can change the world.


Dr. Redfield has uniquely experienced three surprising and scientifically complex global epidemics during his career: Ebola, HIV/AIDS, and COVID-19. As an esteemed virologist and former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Redfield shares his unique perspective through the lens of someone who has played a significant role in finding, studying, and publishing the many scientific discoveries and medical advancements that have come about during his career. In this dynamic speech, Dr. Redfield shares his passions for teaching the body to heal itself resulting in self-limited chronic viruses. Antibiotic resistance and development of antigens are also discussed, in addition to the psyche behind the public dilemma of vaccine-hesitation versus confidence.


Dr. Redfield addresses the future of global health security in this thought-provoking speech. It’s no secret to the U.S. public that the nation’s response to the Covid-19 global pandemic had both successes and major flaws. Dr. Redfield recounts from his experience directing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate the topics of domestic preparedness and public health. Specifically, Dr. Redfield talks about how and why the nation was underprepared to control Coronavirus, including surprising and little-known intricacies of the problem. In this presentation, Redfield also shares his predictions for the future of public safety and the means by which we will all need to adapt.


“I didn’t understand drug use disorder until it entered my immediate family.” –Dr. Robert Redfield


In this moving and informative presentation, Dr. Redfield uses personal anecdotes to illustrate the harms of stigma towards drug use disorders on society, while sharing his uplifting knowledge of the science that will make a cure possible in the near future. Dr. Redfield addresses how the effect of silence as a component to drug use disorder stigma has a great effect on public health as a whole, affecting our capacity to effectively communicate and educate. Redfield assures audiences that with science, there will be a cure.


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