Richard Besser

President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Festival Underwriter)

Richard Besser is president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, since April 2017. Previously, he was chief health and medical editor for ABC News, where his reporting earned him a 2011 Emmy and two Peabody Awards. Besser previously served at the CDC, as acting director in 2009, director of the Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response, and an infectious disease epidemiologist. He has also been pediatric residency director at University of California, San Diego. A recipient of the Surgeon General’s Medallion for his CDC leadership during the H1N1 response, he’s the author of Tell Me the Truth, Doctor: Easy-to-Understand Answers to Your Most Confusing and Critical Health Questions.

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Richard Besser recently assumed the role of president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation’... See more
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