Jeanne Marrazzo

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Jeanne Marrazzo

Jeanne M. Marrazzo (born c. 1962 in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. She was formerly president of the Council of the American Board of Internal Medicine, president of the International Society for STD Research, and director of the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases.

Marrazzo grew up in Dunmore, Pennsylvania and was valedictorian of her class at Dunmore High School in 1980. She completed a bachelor's degree in biology at Harvard University in 1984 and an M.D. from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1988. She completed her internships at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut and then began a fellowship at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, where she completed a master's degree in public health in epidemiology in 1994. She is certified in infectious disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. She also chairs the Biomedical Science Committee of the HIV Prevention Trial Network and is a principal investigator with the National Institutes' Infectious Disease Clinical Research Consortium.

Marrazzo spent two decades at Washington, where she led research on relationships between the vaginal microbiome and infections of the female reproductive tract. She co-founded a Lesbian/Bisexual Women's Health Study. She was serving as director of the STD/HIV Prevention Training Center at Washington when she was recruited to UAB in 2016 as the C. Glenn Cobbs Endowed Chair in Infectious Diseases, and to take over the directorship left by the retirement of Edward Hook.

As director, Marrazzo supervised infectious disease training and research at the UAB Heersink School of Medicine and through partnerships in several countries in Africa and South America, as well as inpatient and outpatient clinical care and consultation provided by the division through UAB Medical Center.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Marrazzo provided public health advice to the City of Birmingham and was appointed to Governor Kay Ivey's Coronavirus Task Force in March 2020. She frequently appeared in the media as an expert in infectious disease control and prevention. She supported public health emergency closures and strongly recommended immunization against COVID once vaccines were available to the public. She also advised on the precautions necessary for schools to resume in-person instruction. She and her partner Jo Hoffman helped establish a COVID Respiratory Clinic operated by her department in the former Regions Bank branch in the Kirklin Clinic parking deck.

In 2023 National Institutes of Health director Lawrence Tabak appointed Marrazzo to succeed Anthony Fauci as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.