On 27 December 2021, Dr W. William Schluter started as the Director of the CDC China Country Office.
From 2017 to 2021, Dr. Schluter served as Director of CDC’s Global Immunization Division. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing programs supporting the strengthening of immunization and vaccine preventable disease surveillance systems, as well as disease-specific efforts including polio eradication and measles and rubella elimination. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Schluter was one of CDC’s principal contributors to efforts to support global COVID-19 vaccination systems and delivery.
Dr. Schluter began his CDC career in 1995 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer with the National Immunization Program. He has served in three overseas assignments as a CDC Medical Officer on detail to the World Health Organization: from 2004-2007 with the WHO Ethiopia Country Office, coordinating vaccine preventable disease surveillance activities; from 2009-2012, as Team Lead for the Immunization Preventable Diseases Unit in the WHO Country Office for Nepal; and from 2012-2017, as Group Lead for Accelerated Disease Control for the Expanded Program on Immunization Unit, providing support to the 37 countries and areas of the Western Pacific.
Dr. Schluter graduated from the Creighton University School of Medicine and received a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of Colorado; he completed residency training in both Family Medicine at the University of Wyoming and General Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Colorado.