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75: Building Trust Before Crisis, with Denise Cardo, M.D., Director, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)

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75: Building Trust Before Crisis, with Denise Cardo, M.D., Director, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)

This episode is hosted by Her Story Advisory Council Member Julie Gerberding, M.D., CEO of the Foundations for the National Institutes of Health and Former Director of the CDC. Julie…
May 18, 2022

75: Building Trust Before Crisis, with Denise Cardo, M.D., Director, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)

Meet Denise Cardo, M.D.:

Denise Cardo, M.D. is the director of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She first joined the CDC as a medical epidemiologist. Prior to the CDC, she worked in the division of infectious diseases at Escola Paulista de Medicina in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she also received her medical degree. 

Key Insights:

Denise Cardo, M.D. brings partners together to achieve goals in patient safety. 

  • Developing Partnerships. For creating effective partnerships, Dr. Cardo recommenders setting common goals and clear expectations. Develop trust and understanding before a crisis occurs, so that uncertainty can be faced with teamwork. (5:26)
  • Embracing Identity. Dr. Cardo was nervous about having an accent, but a mentor told her to take advantage of it instead. She jokes that she never has to introduce herself on a conference call. Dr. Cardo decided that her accent, and affinity for brightly colored clothing, made her unique and she should embrace her full identity. (19:53)
  • Empowering Ourselves. Dr. Cardo shares that sometimes people will talk to a male colleague over her, even though she is the division’s director. She was worried about how to stand up for herself in those types of situations, because she knows she represents her program. Dr. Cardo chose to enlist the help of her male colleagues to combat these instances of sexism. (24:03)

This episode is hosted by Julie Gerberding, M.D. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story and the Chief Executive Officer at the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.

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