Rochelle Paula Walensky

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Official portrait, 2021

Rochelle Paula Walensky, BA[a 1], M.D.[a 2], M.P.H.[a 3], (born 4 April 1969) is the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Early life

Rochelle Paula Bersoff was born in Peabody, MA to Edward Bersoff and Carol Bersoff-Berstein. She was reared in Potomac, MD where she graduated Winston Churchill High School.


Adult life

Director of the CDC

Walensky was appointed as Director of the CDC by President-elect Joe Biden and assumed office on 20 January 2021. The COVID19 pandemic was raging and had been terribly mishandled so she inherited an agency that was in a real mess. so she has announced plans to completely revamp and reorganize the federal agency.[2]


Walensky is a very active writer. She is listed as a co-author of 310 articles by the PubMed service of the National Library of Medicine. A scan of the abstracts of the articles did not produce one showing advocacy of male circumcision.

Personal life

Walensky is married to Loren D. Walensky, M.D.[a 2], Ph.D.[a 4], who is a pediatric oncologist. They are a Jewish family who are members of Temple Emanuel in Newton, MA. They have three sons who presumably are circumcised in accordance with the Abrahamic covenant and Jewish practice.

Does Walinksy have circumcision bias?

There are three primary sources of bias:

  1. Being American.
  2. Being Jewish.
  3. Personal.

Walensky is both American and Jewish. She is married to a Jewish American man who is most likely circumcised. She has three sons who are most likely circumcised because of being American, Jewish, and having a probably circumcised father who may have adamant father syndrome, so she definitely has two sources of bias and very likely has a third source of bias.

There is a fourth possible source of bias. Walenksky attended Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Johns Hopkins is strongly financed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Johns Hopkins is populated by people who have played a major role in promoting non-therapeutic circumcision (VMMC) in Africa. Johns Hopkins may fairly be said to be strongly biased in favor of circumcision.

The CDC has a strong bias in favor of circumcision that dates back at least to 2007, and predates Walensky's tenure of office. It appears that she has been fully occupied with the COVID19 mess at the CDC and has not yet tackled the HIV mess, so there seem to be no actions at this time which would indicate an opinion on HIV.

Walensky did not mention circumcision in one article about HIV.[3]

External links


  1. a b REFweb Bachelor of Arts, Wikipedia. Retrieved 13 October 2021. (BA or AB; from the Latin baccalaureus artium or artium baccalaureus.)
  2. a b c REFweb Doctor of Medicine, Wikipedia. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  3. a b REFweb Master of Public Health or Master of Philosophy in Public Health, Wikipedia. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  4. REFweb Doctor of Philosophy, Wikipedia. Retrieved 16 June 2021. (Also abbreviated as D.Phil.)


  1. REFweb Goldman R. Cultural and Medical Bias, Circumcision Resource Center. Retrieved 9 September 2022.
  2. REFnews Park, Alice (23 August 2022)."Dr. Rochelle Walensky Knows the CDC Made 'Dramatic Mistakes.' Now She's Trying to Fix Them", Time Magazine. Retrieved 13 September 2022.
    Quote: What we’re talking about is a culture change. We’re talking about timeliness of data, communication of data, and policies guidance. Reorganization is hard, but I think this is even harder than that.
  3. REFweb Walensky RP (20 March 2022). HIV: Protecting the Health of All Women, HIV Gov. Retrieved 12 September 2022.