Michael F Iademarco, MD, MPH

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Department of Medicine

Phone: 404-498-6010

Email: miadema@emory.edu


A Philadelphia native, Rear Admiral Michael F. Iademarco, U.S. Public Health Service, completed his undergraduate education at Franklin and Marshall College and obtained his MD from the University of Virginia. Dr. Iademarco trained in internal medicine at Temple University and stayed an extra year, serving as chief resident. He then completed a pulmonary fellowship in St. Louis. There, he trained in the laboratory of Douglas Dean, PhD and established an independent laboratory as an assistant professor of medicine, attracting NIH funding conducting research on the mechanisms of endothelial cell VCAM-1 gene transcription in models of allergic inflammation.

Mid-career, Dr. Iademarco obtained his master of public health (MPH) degree and was recruited by the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) to study tuberculosis. He has served on the faculty at the Emory University School of Medicine since 1999. At the CDC, in the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, he has worked as a medical officer-epidemiologist in the International Activities group, focusing on provision of technical assistance to Ministries of Health in Asia; served as the Associate Director for Science, providing guidance and facilitating more than 500 publications and national guidelines; and was the Chief of the Laboratory Branch, the national tuberculosis reference laboratory, where he oversaw clinical laboratory referral services, conducted applied research, and helped strengthen laboratory capacity building.

In an intervening period, he had the honor to serve two 2-year tours as the Department of Health and Human Services Health Attaché at the U.S. Mission in Hanoi, Vietnam, where he coordinated U.S. health activities for the embassy and was the in-country representative for the Office of the HHS Secretary. In 2011, Dr. Iademarco was awarded a Government of Vietnam medal by the country’s prime minister in part for his work against HIV/AIDS. In January of 2014, he was selected as the first permanent director of CDC’s Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (or CSELS). His expertise as a physician-scientist and laboratorian provide a strong foundation to lead CDC’s efforts to track America’s health, strengthen laboratory networks, and help public health officials identify urgent health threats.  

Since 1993, Dr. Iademarco has attended in medical intensive care units (ICUs), first, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and, since coming to Atlanta, in the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he is proud to serve our nation’s veterans and provide mentorship to Emory and Morehouse students, residents, and fellows. Dr. Iademarco also holds an appointment with Rollins School of Public Health. 


1. McElroy PD, Ijaz K, Lambert LA, Jereb J, Iademarco MF, Castro KG, Navin TR. National Survey-Measured Rates of Liver Injury, Hospitalization, and Death Associated with Rifampin and Pyrazinamide for Latent TB Infection. CID 41:1125-33, 2005.

2. Talbot EA, Burgess D, Hone NM, Iademarco MF, Mwasekaga MJ, Moffat HJ, Moeti T, Mwansa RA, Letsatsi P, Gokhale, NT, Kenyon, TA, and Wells, CD. Tuberculosis serodiagnosis in a population of predominantly HIV-infected hospitalized patients with cough, Botswana 2002. CID 39(1): e1-7, 2004.

3. Destefano F, Gu D, Kramarz P, Truman BI, Iademarco MF, Mullooly JP, Jackson LA, Davis RL, Black SB, Shinefield HR, Marcy SM, Ward JI, Chen RT, and the Vaccine Safety Datalink Research Group. Childhood vaccinations and risk of asthma; Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal 21(6): 498-504, 2002.

4. Mazurek GH, LoBue PA, Daley CL, Bernardo J, Lardizabal AA, Bishai WR, Iademarco MF, Rothel JS: Comparison of a whole-blood interferon gamma assay with tuberculin skin testing for detecting latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection; JAMA 286(14):1740-1747, 2001.

5. Jesse TL, LaChance R, Iademarco, MF, Dean, DC. Interferon Regulatory Factor-2 is a Transcriptional Activator in Muscle where it Regulates Expression of Vascular Cell Adhesion Molecule-1. J Cell Biology 140(5): 1265-1276, 1998.