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Christine Casey

Christine Casey

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Christine G. Casey, MD, Editor, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Serials, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ccasey@cdc.gov, 404-498-6621 Dr. Casey joined MMWR as its inaugural Deputy Editor in 2009. She is active in the Council of Science Editors (CSE) serving as the co-Director of the CSE Short Course for Journal Editors and leading CSE Short Courses on the Road. She is the past co-chair of Program Committee of the CSE 2014 Annual Meeting, and served on the Board of Directors (2015-2018). Dr. Casey received her medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and completed her residency training at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center. She is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics. Dr. Casey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and psychology from American University, Washington, D.C., and began her scientific career at the National Institutes of Health and the California Institute of Technology.

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