U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Tammy R. Beckham, DVM, PhD is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Vaccines and Infectious Diseases in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Dr. Beckham has served in a range of leadership roles in domestic and global infectious diseases as well as One Health. In her current role at HHS, she leads the Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP), whose mission is to provide strategic leadership and management, while encouraging collaboration, coordination, and innovation among federal agencies and stakeholders to reduce the burden of infectious diseases.
On behalf of the Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH), Dr. Beckham is providing operational direction and oversight for the President’s Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative: A Plan for America. She also oversees the execution of national strategies for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases and vaccines in response to the highest priorities of the Secretary and ASH.
Prior to joining OASH, Dr. Beckham worked with the Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) in Fort Belvoir in Virginia. In this role, she was responsible for managing a comprehensive international science engagement and diplomacy portfolio in the European and Central Command.
From 2015-2017, Dr. Beckham served as the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. As Dean of the College, she led more than 700 faculty and staff and was responsible for oversight of academic programs, the veterinary health center, and the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic laboratory. In this position, she represented the College as a subject matter expert in infectious disease, One Health and emerging/zoonotic diseases.
From 2010-2015, she was the Director of Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases at the Texas A&M University System. In this role, Dr. Beckham provided leadership and oversight to the Institute and led and executed a multi-million dollar research portfolio aimed at protecting the nation from high consequence emerging, and zoonotic diseases.
Her previous roles include Deputy Director for Science at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Captain in the United States Army.
Dr. Beckham received her doctor of veterinary medicine (Magna Cum Laude) and PhD in biomedical science degrees from Auburn University. She also holds a master’s degree in music from the University of Cincinnati.
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