Mayor Adrian Fenty announced on Thursday, Aug. 9, Dr. Shannon Hader as the new director of the city's HIV/AIDS Administration (HAA). Hader follows former agency head Marsha Martin, whose position was not renewed by Fenty when he took office in January 2007.
Hader is an epidemiologist and public health physician who previously worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State Department as the senior scientific advisor for the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). She started the Public Health Evaluation Initiative to help developing countries battle the AIDS pandemic.
Hader graduated from Columbia University before conducting her residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Duke University. She conducted her fellowship in infectious diseases at Emory University Hospital. Hader's extensive list of HIV/AIDS-related accomplishments include her critical role in developing the 2007 HIV Implementers Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda and directing the U.S. AIDS program in Zimbabwe.