Thomas P. Frieden, MD

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Since January 2002, Dr. Frieden has served as Commissioner of the New York City Health Department, one of the world's oldest and largest public health agencies. In 2002, Dr. Frieden launched a comprehensive tobacco control program that has resulted in 240,000 fewer smokers and will prevent approximately 80,000 premature deaths. New York City was also the first place in the U.S. to eliminate trans fat from restaurant food, rigorously monitor the diabetes epidemic, and require certain restaurants to post calorie information prominently. In 2006 the City launched the nation's largest community-based Electronic Health Record project, which will give more than one million New Yorkers improved and consistent preventive care.