Mitchell Wolfe, MD, MPH is the Acting Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this role he oversees the Office of Global Affairs, advancing and supporting the Department’s global work by setting priorities and policies for international engagements, leading diplomatic engagement, and providing policy recommendation sand staff support to the Secretary and other senior HHS leadership. This includes oversight of US Health Attaches stationed in India, Brazil, South Africa, China, Mexico and Geneva.
As a member of the US Public Health Service since 1998, RADM Wolfe has worked at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in a number of capacities. From 2004-2014 he was Director of the CDC Thailand Office, Director of the CDC Global AIDS Program Thailand/Asia Regional Office, and Director of the CDC Vietnam Office. Before moving to Asia, Dr. Wolfe served as a medical epidemiologist, and then team leader, for the Clinical Outcomes Team, Behavioral and Clinical Surveillance Branch, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. Dr. Wolfe has performed several special assignments with CDC, including at the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Branch supporting, in 2001, CDC’s response to the anthrax attacks and participating in the first national population-based survey of mortality, disability, and mental health in Afghanistan. Dr. Wolfe joined CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer with the National Center for Environmental Health, leading investigations on infectious disease mortality, heat-related mortality, rotavirus vaccine-related intussusception in infants, syphilis in prisons, and exposures to heavy metals related to a large forest fire.
RADM Wolfe earned a B.A. in English Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara; a Masters of Public Health degree from the University of California, Berkeley; and his M.D. from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He has an American Board Certification in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health.