Margaret Scarlett, DMD, CAPT. (ret.), USPHS, CDC
President, Scarlett Consulting International
A dentist, clinician, and author Margaret Scarlett DMD is an infectious and chronic disease prevention and policy leader. For thirty years, Dr. Scarlett has provided expert guidance as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, the United States Agency for International Development, the American Red Cross and many consumer health companies. Author of CDC’s very first infection control guidelines for dentistry in 1986, she is considered an expert on infection control, leading efforts to incorporate infection control training into dental practices and dental schools for five years for CDC worldwide. As a Senior Policy Advisor to the Surgeon General for two years, she addressed policy, based on science, at HHS from 1998-2000. Retired from the US Public Health Service as a CAPTAIN (0-6) after more than twenty years, including two years in the US Army Dental Corps, Dr. Scarlett proudly served as “disease detective/epidemiologist” at CDC. During the Ebola outbreak of 2014-2015, Dr. Scarlett provided expert infection control guidance for CDC to train health workers and Public Health Service officers deployed to West Africa. Since 2005, Dr. Scarlett provides expertise and leadership to CDC on pandemic preparedness and response, working with CDC’s emergency operations center, various CDC centers and institutes, and various private and public sector partners to mitigate epidemic impact on daily life and the workplace.