Reina Turcios-Ruiz

Medical Epidemiologist, Workforce and Institute Development Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Reina Turcios-Ruiz, MD, FIDSA leads the FETP Monitoring and Evaluation team at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Workforce and Institute Development Branch. She is a medical epidemiologist, internist and infectious diseases specialist. She is a graduate of the U.S. FETP: the Epidemic Intelligence Service.

Dr. Turcios-Ruiz attended medical school at the National Autonomous University of Honduras, completed her internal medicine residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, and and completed an infectious diseases fellowship at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

She came to CDC as the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases’ Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellow in 2000 and became an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in 2001.

Her nearly 20-year career at CDC included setting up rotavirus surveillance systems throughout the Americas in anticipation of second-generation rotavirus vaccines; supporting population-based reproductive health surveys in the Americas; making tools for forecasting need of reproductive health supplies available for Spanish-speaking countries; and improving preparations for pregnant, postpartum and lactating women in the event of select biological threats domestically; and serving from Guatemala as Resident Advisor for the Central America Field Epidemiology Training Program supporting FETPs in eight countries across three tiers of training. She was the director of CDC’s Regional Office for Central America until returning to Atlanta to support FETPs globally.

Dr. Turcios-Ruiz has extensive international work experience on varied topics from outbreak investigations of severe diarrhea in young children and mysterious skin infections in Hispanic adults, to surveillance for rotavirus diarrhea, assessments in maternal and newborn health, and emerging infectious diseases. She has authored several dozen publications on multiple topics like outbreaks of norovirus-associated necrotizing enterocolitis in a neonatal intensive care unit, estimations of the burden of disease due to rotavirus, smoking among reproductive age adults in four Latin American countries, surveillance system evaluations, and chronic kidney disease of non-traditional etiology.