Sonja A Rasmussen

Sonja A Rasmussen, M.D., M.S.

Professor

Department: MD-CHILD HEALTH RES INSTITUTE
Business Phone: (352) 273-5934
Business Email: skr9@ufl.edu

About Sonja A Rasmussen

Sonja Rasmussen, MD, MS, is Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Epidemiology at the University of Florida (UF) College of Medicine and College of Public Health and Health Professions. In this role, she serves as a clinical geneticist, seeing a broad range of genetics patients, and as director of UF’s Precision Health Program, which focuses on integration of genomics into clinical care. Dr. Rasmussen recently joined UF after 20 years at the CDC in Atlanta. From 1998-20011, Dr. Rasmussen served in the National Center on Birth Defects and Development Disabilities, where she worked on a large case-control study to identify genetic and environmental risk factors for birth defects, and on studies to better understand the morbidity and mortality associated with several genetic conditions. From 2011-2014, she served as Deputy Director of the Influenza Coordination Unit, responsible for CDC’s pandemic influenza preparedness, and for 6 months, served as the Acting Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, responsible for CDC’s public health preparedness and response activities. From 2015-2018, she served as Editor-in-Chief of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Series and as the Director of the Division of Public Health Information Dissemination. Dr. Rasmussen was lead author of the paper confirming Zika virus as a cause of birth defects, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2016. She served in leadership roles during several CDC responses to public health emergencies, including 2009 H1N1 influenza, H7N9 influenza, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and Zika virus.

Dr. Rasmussen is an author on >220 peer-reviewed papers and is the lead editor of The CDC Field Epidemiology Manual, released by Oxford University Press in 2018. She is board-certified in Genetic Counseling, Pediatrics, and Clinical Genetics.

Accomplishments

NCEZID Director’s Recognition Award for rigorous analysis of primary data and systematic reviews on botulism, yielding a comprehensive set of fifteen articles to guide clinicians in diagnosing and treating this life-threatening disease (group award)
2018 · The National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)
Induction into the Delta Omega National Honorary Society in Public Health
2018 · University of Georgia (Beta Chi chapter)
Induction into Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars
2018 · Johns Hopkins University
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society Visiting Professorship
2018 · Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
CSELS Honor Award, “Excellence in Program Evaluation” awarded to the Vital Signs Evaluation team (group award)
2017 · The Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS)

Board Certifications

  • Clinical Genetics and Genomics
    American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics
  • Pediatrics
    American Board of Pediatrics

Clinical Profile

Specialties
  • Pediatric Genetics and Metabolism
  • Pediatrics

Publications

2020 Birth Defects Research Part A-Clinical and Molecular Teratology
2020 Jama-Journal of the American Medical Association
2020 Clinical Infectious Diseases
2019 Birth Defects Research Part A-Clinical and Molecular Teratology
2019 Obstetrics and Gynecology
2019 Birth Defects Research Part A-Clinical and Molecular Teratology
2018 American Journal of Medical Genetics
2018 New England Journal of Medicine
2018 The New England Journal Of Medicine
2017 Birth Defects Research Part A-Clinical and Molecular Teratology
2017 American family physician
2016 Birth Defects Research Part A-Clinical and Molecular Teratology
2014 Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
2014 Birth Defects Research Part A-Clinical and Molecular Teratology
2014 New England Journal of Medicine
2012 American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
2010 American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part C: Seminars in Medical Genetics
2010 American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
2010 American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A
2010 Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
2010 American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
2009 Birth Defects Research Part A-Clinical and Molecular Teratology
2009 Birth Defects Research Part A-Clinical and Molecular Teratology
2009 American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A
2008 Birth Defects Research Part A-Clinical and Molecular Teratology
2008 Emerging Infectious Diseases
2008 American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part C: Seminars in Medical Genetics
2008 American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part C: Seminars in Medical Genetics
2008 Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
2008 Birth Defects Research Part A-Clinical and Molecular Teratology
2008 American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
2007 Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
2007 Emerging Infectious Diseases
2007 American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
2006 American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
2006 Emerging Infectious Diseases
2004 Birth Defects Research Part A-Clinical and Molecular Teratology
2004 American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part C: Seminars in Medical Genetics
2003 Birth Defects Research Part A-Clinical and Molecular Teratology
2003 Birth Defects Research Part A-Clinical and Molecular Teratology
2001 American journal of human genetics (Online)
2001 Public Health Reports
2000 American Journal of Epidemiology
1996 American journal of human genetics (Online)
1990 American journal of human genetics (Online)
1988 Clinical Genetics

Grants

Jul 2020 ACTIVE
Together Transforming and Translating Discovery to Improve Health
NATL INST OF HLTH NCATS ·
Feb 2020 ACTIVE
Contract with South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
SC DEPT OF HLTH AND ENVIR CONTROL · Principal Investigator
Sep 2019 ACTIVE
Florida Development in Early Childhood: Adversity and Drug Exposure (FL-DECADE) Study
NATL INST OF HLTH NIDA · Project Manager
Sep 2019 ACTIVE
Surveillance of muscular dystrophy in the Southeastern United States
CTRS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION ·
Sep 2018 ACTIVE
Sparking Advancements in Genomic Medicine?
NATL INST OF HLTH NHGRI · Project Manager
Jul 2018 ACTIVE
Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM)
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV · Principal Investigator

Education

M.D. with Honors
1990 · University of Florida
M.S. in Medical Genetics
1983 · University of Wisconsin, Madison
B.S. with Honors in Biology and Mathematics
1981 · University of Minnesota Duluth

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 273-5934
Emails:
Business:
skr9@ufl.edu