Chief Health and Medical Editor, ABC News Network
Dr. Richard Besser is ABC News' Chief Health and Medical Editor. In this role he provides medical analysis and reports for all ABC News programs and platforms, including "World News Tonight," "Good Morning America," "Nightline," “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and ABC News radio. His weekly health twitter chat #abcDrBchat and frequent Facebook chats reach millions.
Since joining ABC News in 2009, Dr. Besser has traveled all over the U.S. and the globe to cover major medical news stories. A pediatrician and infectious disease specialist, he walked the Ebola wards in Liberia on two trips in 2014, reporting from the center of the deadly epidemic, and continued to provide extensive coverage for months as cases were seen the United States. In 2011 Dr. Besser led ABC's global health coverage, "Be the Change: Save a Life," reporting on health issues vital to emerging nations from seven different countries.
Dr. Besser came to ABC News after a long career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he served as director of the Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response. In that role he was responsible for all of the CDC's public health emergency preparedness and emergency response activities. He also served as acting director for the CDC from January to June 2009, during which time he led the CDC's response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic.
Dr. Besser volunteers as a pediatrician with the Children's Aid Society in New York City. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University.
The author and coauthor hundreds of presentations, abstracts, chapters, editorials and publications, Dr. Besser has received many awards for his work in public health, volunteer service and journalism.