Debra Houry, MD

Debra Houry, MD

Director, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. Debra Houry is the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. In this position, Dr. Houry oversees the nation’s response to critical public health issues, including the opioid overdose epidemic, suicide, and adverse childhood experiences.  Dr. Houry earned her M.D. and Master of Public Health degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and completed her residency in emergency medicine at the Denver Health Medical Center in Colorado. As a practicing physician for more than 20 years, Dr. Houry has treated many patients suffering from preventable injuries and seen firsthand the devastating impact of violence in our communities. Her experience on the frontline of emergency medicine has fueled Dr. Houry’s interest in research and finding evidence-based programs to prevent injuries, overdoses, and violence. Dr. Houry has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and received numerous awards in the field of injury and violence prevention, including election to the National Academy of Medicine.