Deborah Birx

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Deborah Birx
Ambassador Deborah Birx (cropped).jpg
White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator
Assumed office
February 27, 2020
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byPosition established
United States Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy
Assumed office
January 2015[a]
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byEric Goosby
Leslie V. Rowe (acting)
Elizabeth Jordan (acting)
United States Global AIDS Coordinator
Assumed office
April 4, 2014
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
DeputyMark N. Brown
Angeli Achrekar
Preceded byEric Goosby
Personal details
Born (1956-04-04) April 4, 1956 (age 64)
Pennsylvania, U.S.
Spouse(s)Paige Reffe [1][2]
EducationHoughton College (BS)
Pennsylvania State University (MD)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1980–1994 (reserve)
1994–2008 (active)
AwardsLegion of Merit

Deborah Leah Birx (born April 4, 1956) is an American physician and diplomat. She is the United States Global AIDS Coordinator for Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump since 2014. She is best known as the Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force since 2020.[3][4]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Office originally separate from that of Global AIDS Coordinator until their merge into the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy in 2015.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Deborah Birx’s Husband Is Former Clinton ‘Advance Man’ Paige Reffe",, Apr 3, 2020. Accessed April 26, 2020.
  2. Bass, Emily, "Can Deborah Birx Save Us?", Washington Post, March 26, 2020
  3. Pence, Mike (February 27, 2020). "Vice President Pence Announces Ambassador Debbie Birx to Serve as the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator". The White House.
  4. Stolberg, Sheryl Gay (March 6, 2020). "Top Coronavirus Official for U.S. Has Fought an Epidemic Before". The New York Times.