Melisa Thombley

Melisa Laura Thombley (“Lisa”) is a Senior Attorney in the Public Health Division of the HHS Office of the General Counsel.  She advises the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau on domestic and global HIV care programs and HRSA’s Division of Injury Compensation Program on Vaccine Injury Compensation Program matters.  Lisa also advises the Synar program in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which administers the federal law that prohibits the sale or delivery of tobacco products to minors.  Prior to joining the HHS Office of the General Counsel, Ms. Thombley worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for five years.  While working at CDC, Lisa served as agency counsel on Speaker v. CDC, a case involving global travel and  drug-resistant tuberculosis.  Ms. Thombley also worked on legal projects involving tuberculosis and other communicable diseases, mutual aid during public health emergencies, tribal public health, lead poisoning prevention, and injury prevention.

Ms. Thombley earned her law degree in from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.  While in law school, she clerked for two medical-legal partnerships, with an emphasis on legal issues affecting clients with communicable diseases.  In 2008, Ms. Thombley earned a Master of Public Health degree in Health Policy from the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.

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