Her official bio on the federal Department of Health and Human Services web site doesn’t point out it, however Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., the newly appointed director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, apparently endorsed a controversial, unproven medical practice when she was in private practice.
Forbes has reported that Fitzgerald, a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, additionally was a fellow in anti-aging drugs, in accordance with a 2013 article on the Georgia Department of Public Health, the place she served as commissioner for seven years. And in an replace to its unique story, Forbes notes that U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., mentions it in a assertion praising her appointment to the CDC.
Although the CDC wouldn’t touch upon the story, the publication additionally uncovered extra about Fitzgerald’s previous utilizing The Wayback Machine to seek out info from her gynecology practice’s web site in 2010. Her credentials on that website listed board certification in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine by the American Academy in Anti-Aging Medicine.
When her appointment was introduced final week, many in the business have been happy that in contrast to some in the Trump administration, she has publicly supported vaccinations. The White House has drawn the ire of public health officers when it dismissed vaccine champion Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., as Surgeon General, and vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy introduced Trump had requested him to lead a panel on vaccine security.
But her help for anti-aging drugs is elevating some eyebrows. David Goldstein, M.D., a professor of obstetrics and gynecology on the New York University School of Medicine, informed Forbes that the anti-aging remedies are “snake oil” and “”plays on people’s worst fears about their mortality.”
Cindy Pearson, government director of the National Women’s Health Network, a nonprofit in the District of Columbia, advised Forbes she was dissatisfied that the CDC decide embraced “unproven and anti-scientific claims of the so-called anti-aging movement.”
Another piece in Forbes additionally notes that others have raised considerations that Fitzgerald partnered with Coca-Cola to run a program towards youngster weight problems when she was Georgia’s public health commissioner. Coke gave $1 million for this system to extend bodily exercise in faculties, however didn’t promote the necessity to scale back soda consumption on account of its excessive sugar content material, which is a driver of weight problems.
But in his announcement final week about her appointment, HHS Secretary Tom Price stated Fitzgerald has “a deep appreciation and understanding of medicine, public health, policy and leadership—all qualities that will prove vital as she leads the CDC in its work to protect America’s health 24/7.”
Her official bio on the HHS notes that she has served on the board and as president of the Georgia OB-GYN Society and she or he labored as a healthcare coverage adviser with House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Sen. Paul Coverdell. She has additionally served as a senior fellow and chairman of the board for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.
Fitzgerald holds a Bachelor of Science diploma in Microbiology from Georgia State University and a Doctor of Medicine diploma from Emory University School of Medicine. She accomplished postgraduate coaching on the Emory-Grady Hospitals in Atlanta and held an assistant medical professorship at Emory Medical Center. As a serious in the U.S. Air Force, Fitzgerald served on the Wurtsmith Air Force Strategic Air Command Base in Michigan and at Andrews Air Force Base in the District of Columbia.