The decision about who fills this position is likely to occur soon, perhaps within the next few days. It’s time to restate our opposition to Dr. Unger. Please send a new email to Dr. Monroe, Dr. Frieden, Dr. Koh and Secretary Sebelius. A suggested text and all the contact information is listed below. If you want to reword it, add to it, send it to other people, please do. This is planned as a one-time email (again), but if you want to send several emails please do. If we hear nothing back again, we may send another email (or two) in December. If possible, please also send a copy to challengeCDCcampaign@gmail.com so we have some idea how many emails are sent. It doesn’t matter if you’ve already sent one or if you haven’t. We need to emphasize how we feel about Unger and the past actions of the CDC.
This is important. Thanks for helping all of us.
Dear Dr. Monroe, Dr. Frieden, Dr. Koh and Secretary Sebelius,
I am writing to express my opposition to the appointment of Dr. Elizabeth Unger as Chief, Viral Diseases Branch at the Centers for Disease Control. In this position, Dr. Unger will be supervising the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Translational Research Program at the CDC. Dr. Unger has served as Acting Chief, Viral Diseases Branch for several months. During that time she has shown no understanding of the importance of improving the accuracy of the CDC’s CFS website, which is referenced by physicians and patients all over the world. She has continued to allow research to be published using a definition of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome that was rejected by the Department of Health and Human Services’ own Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee (CFSAC) in October, 2009. She has failed to communicate or collaborate with CFS experts outside of the CDC. She has not established “progressive leadership at the CDC that can achieve efficient, meaningful progress in CFS research, clinical care, and education,” another CFSAC recommendation from October, 2009. She has not shown that she is qualified to be permanent Chief. I urge you to select another candidate to fill this important position.
Patient for years
City or Town, State or Country
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Stephan S. Monroe, PhD
Director, Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases
Atlanta, GA 30329-4018
Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH
Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Ga 30329-4018
Howard Koh, MD, MPH
Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Ave., SW HHH B
Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Ave. SW