In 2009, Dr. Richard Besser, an infectious disease specialist at the CDC, was made acting director after Dr. Julie Gerberding (who wasn’t very good) left. I was one of the few people who thought he would have made a good director. Instead, Frieden was appointed. If you look back over the CDC’s last year or so, having an ID specialist knowledgeable about hospital infection control and biopreparedness at the helm looks, more and more, like a good idea.
Though I could just be fighting the last battle.