Dr. Budnitz directs the Medication Safety Program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). His work in medication safety, public health surveillance, and injury prevention has led to implementation of new safety policies by CMS and FDA as well as a Federal Action Plan for prevention of adverse drug events. Dr. Budnitz also launched the PROTECT Initiative, a public-private partnership to reduce medication overdoses in children through implementation of new child-resistant packaging, standards for dosing instructions, and a national public education campaign (UpAndAway.org).
Dr. Budnitz joined CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in 2001. Prior to joining CDC, Dr. Budnitz received a BA (Government) from Harvard University, an MD-MPH (Epidemiology) from Emory University, and completed residency (Internal Medicine) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He has authored over 60 publications including seminal articles on medication safety surveillance, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics. Dr. Budnitz has practiced general internal medicine at the Atlanta VA Medical Center and the DeKalb-Grady Neighborhood Health Center and is currently a Captain in the US Public Health Service.