Dr. John Blandford

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

John M Blandford, PhD is Principal Deputy Director of the Division of Global HIV/AIDS (DGHA) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a key implementing agency of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which represents the largest commitment by any nation to combat a single disease globally. In his current position, Dr. Blandford oversees the management of CDC’s global HIV treatment, care and prevention programs and of its more than 2,200 staff working in 45 country offices and at headquarters in Atlanta.

Previously, Dr. Blandford served as Chief of DGHA’s Health Economics, Systems, and Integration Branch, where he established the division’s leadership in the use of economic research and financial analyses to support sustainable scale-up and efficient operation of global PEPFAR programs. Dr. Blandford directed and was principal investigator of the PEPFAR HIV Treatment Costing Project, a multi-country study of the costs and cost drivers of PEPFAR’s treatment programs, and he pioneered routine expenditure analyses to inform PEPFAR program management and efficient implementation. For two years, Dr. Blandford was seconded to the Department of State’s Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, where he oversaw implementation science activities across multiple U.S. government agencies and guided efforts to project global resource needs for scale-up of PEPFAR programs.

Dr. Blandford studied at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Notre Dame, and he conducted postdoctoral work at the University of Chicago as a Social Science Research Council Fellow.