Eduardo J. Simoes is a medical doctor, epidemiologist and public health practitioner. Dr Simoes received his medical degree from Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Pernambuco (Brazil) in 1981, his Master of Science in Community Health and Diploma of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London (England) in 1987, and Master of Public Health from Emory School of Public Health, Emory University (United States) in 1991. Dr. Simoes has been serving as the Director for Prevention Research Centers Program in the Division of Adult and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since February 2003. His work in prevention research includes etiological studies, public health practice research, and evaluation of population-based interventions. His work in public health program development include diverse work on development of a program prioritization tool, cluster investigation manual, workforce development indicators, public health indicators and systematic evaluation of programs. Dr. Simoes has published 70 peer reviewed scientific articles, contributed to two book chapters and over 30 public health reports in epidemiology, public health and medicine. He has made over 80 scientific presentations and has been invited as speaker at over 20 conferences and congresses nationally and internationally. Dr. Simoes has received two nominations for the Shepard Award (1997 and 2003), the most prestigious scientific award at CDC. He has accumulated a rich experience in medicine and public heath practice: General Practitioner and District Medical Officer of Recife’s Secretariat of Health in Recife, Brazil (1982-1989); Visiting Associate with the Division of Nutrition at CDC (1991-1993); Assistant Researcher with Emory University School of Medicine (1994); Chief Chronic Disease Medical Epidemiologist for Missouri (1995-2000); Chief of the Office of Epidemiology and State Epidemiologist for the Missouri Department of Health (2000-2003). He was an adjunct Professor in the University of Missouri, School of Medicine (1996-2003). He was an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health, Saint Louis University (1995-2003) and has been an Adjunct Professor in that institution since 2003.