Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., '73 to Receive Alumni Award for Achievement


Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., '73 to receive the Alumni Award for Achievement

Ronald O. Valdiserri, M.D., ’73 was appointed as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2010. Working closely with the White House, his office oversees national strategies to improve health outcomes for Americans living with HIV, viral hepatitis and other infectious diseases of public health significance.

For his contributions to the field of public health, 
he is recognized as the 2014 recipient of the Alumni Award for Achievement. Valdiserri will receive his award at the Homecoming & Reunion Weekend Presidential Dinner. You can register for the dinner at:

Prior to his appointment in 2010, Valdiserri held the position of Chief Consultant for Public Health in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In this capacity, he provided oversight to national programs serving more than 23,000 HIV infected veterans and nearly 150,000 veterans living with chronic hepatitis C infection.

His contributions to the field of public health have been recognized by a number of awards including two Presidential Rank Awards of Meritorious Executives (2000 and 2006).

From 1996 and 2006, he served as the Deputy Director of the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention. He played a key role in the development of national policies and programs to prevent and control HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis. Valdiserri provided national leadership through his contributions to peer-reviewed literature in the area of HIV prevention and took a lead role in communicating HIV and STD issues to the media

Valdiserri first entered federal service as the Director of the Division of Public Health Laboratory Systems at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He spent nearly 18 years at the CDC in a number of leadership positions.

Beginning his post-residency career in the academic field, Valdiserri was appointed Director of the Falk Clinic Laboratories at the University of Pittsburgh and held academic appointments within the School of Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health. While at University of Pittsburgh, Valdiserri served as Co-Investigator on the National Institute of Health’s prospective study of the natural history of AIDS (Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study) and as Principal Investigator of an HIV prevention research grant funded by the CDC.

He also was active in community health work, serving on the boards of the Pittsburgh Free Clinic, Pittsburgh Community Health Services, and the Family Health Council of Western Pennsylvania and on the AIDS/STD Task Force of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association.

Valdiserri has written numerous scholarly articles on the scientific, policy and public health aspects of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmissible diseases and viral hepatitis and has authored/edited four academic texts.

Valdiserri graduated from Washington & Jefferson College with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1973, received his medical degree from the University of West Virginia in 1977 and completed medical residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Pittsburgh in 1981. He also earned a master of public health degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1988.

He currently resides in Fairfax, Virginia, and is married to Raymond Bedner, Jr., his partner of many years.