Seymour Williams

Principal Technical Deputy, Workforce and Institute Development Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Seymour Williams, MD, MPH is the Principal Technical Deputy for the Workforce and Institute Development Branch within the Division of Global Health Protection of the Center for Global Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

Since June 2017, he has been the team lead of the U.S. CDC Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP): the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS). The FETP team supports the development of field epidemiology capacity and staff worldwide for outbreak investigations, surveillance evaluations and analysis of public health information to increase the detection and rapid response to health threats.

Seymour has more than 22 years working with CDC, and extensive experience working internationally for 8 years. From 2015-2017, he served as the Global Disease Detection Center program director in South Africa.  From 2011 to 2015, he was the Resident Advisor for the South African Field Epidemiology Training Program. In October to November of 2014, he was deployed as an epidemiologist to Liberia to serve as team lead for Ebola Viral Disease case and contact investigations in Bong Country. 

Prior to South Africa, Seymour served as the Associate Director for HIV Care and Treatment in CDC-Ethiopia, 2009-11.

Seymour’s previous positions include serving as Senior Medical Epidemiologist with the Division of Global HIV/AIDS, Atlanta, Georgia (2007-09); Preventive Medicine Resident and assignee to the East Metro Health Department, Lawrenceville, Georgia (2005-7); Team Lead for Prevention Effectiveness in the Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch, National Center for Environmental Health and the Principal Investigator for an asthma intervention study, Atlanta, (1998-2005); and Epidemic Intelligence Service training program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1996-1998). 

Dr. Williams holds certification in Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine and previously served as an adjunct professor at Emory University, School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, and the University of Pretoria, School of Public Health, Pretoria, South Africa.