Dr. Allen Craig is the Africa Team Lead of the Polio Eradication Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where he oversees a team working to stop polio in Africa. Prior assuming his current position in early 2013, he served as the CDC Resident Advisor to Zambia for the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative from 2008-2012, where he conducted research on malaria in pregnancy and mosquito net longevity. He began his public health career at the Tennessee Department of Health as a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer and later served there as State Epidemiologist and Director of Communicable and Environmental Disease Services for 7 years. He holds an appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
Allen received a BA in Political Science from the State University of New York at Geneseo. He completed his medical education at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City in 1982. After completing his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Washington, he worked as a medical officer at the Shiprock Indian Health Service Hospital and lived on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico from 1985 to 1995. From 1988 to 1995 he served as Medical Director.
He lives with his wife Marcia in Atlanta where they attend Kairos Church. They have three daughters.