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Immunization Action Coalition

Advisory Board

Organizations and individuals who make IAC a leader in vaccine education

Liaisons Individuals
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Liaisons

Bernadette A. Albanese, MD, MPH
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
Dr. Albanese is the medical officer of Boulder County Public Health (Colorado) and director of health services, where she administers programs in communicable disease and maternal child health. Dr. Albanese has nearly twenty years of experience encompassing work as a pediatric infectious disease specialist and in public health, including infectious disease epidemiology, disease control, surveillance, community and population health assessment, and health education campaigns. In previous positions, Dr. Albanese was the director of disease prevention and control at El Paso County Public Health and a medical epidemiologist with the New Mexico Department of Health. While in New Mexico, she was instrumental in building the New Mexico Emerging Infections Program which is a national population-based surveillance and public health research network funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Albanese has authored numerous publications and been active as a board or committee member on a number of organizations.
 
Stephen L. Cochi, MD, MPH
Global Immunization Division, CDC
Dr. Cochi, pediatrician and preventive medicine specialist, is the former acting director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) at the CDC, and currently is senior advisor, and former director of, the Global Immunization Division at CDC. Dr. Cochi has worked at CDC for 30 years in the field of immunization. He has had a major impact on the prevention of virtually every one of the vaccine-preventable diseases that are part of CDC's immunization program and has 20 years of international experience
 
Paul Etkind, DrPH, MPH
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
Paul Etkind is the senior director for Infectious Diseases at NACCHO. Dr. Etkind's responsibilities include relating to immunization and vaccine-preventable disease epidemiology, including policy analysis, program design, research and evaluation, writing for publications, technical assistance, communication of learnings to the field, program and budget management, and project promotion. Dr. Etkind has more than thirty years experience working as a public health epidemiologist at the state and local levels, as well as experience working with the federal level of public health. Dr. Etkind is an experienced teacher at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and he is a lecturer at public and professional meetings. He is the author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and active in many national professional organizations.
 
Bruce Gellin, MD, MPH
National Vaccine Program Office, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Dr. Gellin is the director of the National Vaccine Program Office and Deputy Assistant Secretary Health at HHS. He is an internist and infectious disease expert with training in epidemiology and has had broad experience in public health aspects of infectious diseases. He has held positions at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH), the CDC, and the Rockefeller Foundation, and has extensive consultative experience with the World Health Organization.
 
Neal A. Halsey, MD
Institute for Vaccine Safety, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Halsey is a professor in the Departments of International Health and Pediatrics and the director of the Institute of Vaccine Safety, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. He has served on the Committee on Infectious Diseases ("Red Book Committee") for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the ACIP for CDC. He has also served in varied capacities in the U.S. Public Health Service and on advisory committees for the World Health Organization.
 
Claire Hannan, MPH
Association of Immunization Managers
Ms. Hannan is executive director of the Association of Immunization Managers (AIM), a membership association representing the 64 state, territorial and large urban area immunization programs which receive direct federal grant funding from the CDC. Prior to assuming this position in 2004, Ms. Hannan directed an immunization policy project for seven years at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and prior to that she served as an advocate for children's health issues and worked on Capitol Hill.
 
Carol E. Hayes, CNM, MN, MPH
American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)
Carol Hayes is currently in practice with Atlanta Perinatal Associates. She is a certified nurse midwife with a master's in nursing and public health with 28 years of clinical experience, as well as experience in education, conference planning, program management, and grant management. Her areas of interest include adolescent health, teen pregnancy prevention, sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, infectious diseases, and HIV. She currently serves on the Georgia Department of Health's Perinatal HIV Council. She serves as liaison to the CDC's ACIP for the American College of Nurse Midwives. She has contributed to training materials, curricula, and other documents published by a federally funded training center. She has published in a peer-reviewed journal and contributed to national and international abstracts. She has served as a clinical consultant to the CDC Group B Streptoccocus Task Force, representing nurse midwives from 1995 to 1998. She has served on numerous committees nationally and locally for the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) and the Georgia Nurses Association. She is a member of Nursing Honor Society Sigma Theta Tau.
 
Gregory James, DO, MPH, FACOFP
American Osteopathic Association
Dr. James is the medical director for the Florida Evercare Division of United Healthcare. This position has medical and quality oversight responsibility for the Evercare Long Term Care patients in Florida. He is the founding director of the Family Practice Residency Program at St. Petersburg General Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL, and was the director of the Sun Coast Hospital Residency for the eight years prior to that. Dr. James received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) as well as his Masters in Public Health (MPH) Degrees from Nova Southeastern University/College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed a three-year residency in Family Medicine at Sun Coast Hospital. Dr. James is a member of the board of directors for the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians (AOBFP), the certification board for all osteopathic family physicians. He served as the national program chairman for the 2004 National American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) Conference in Tampa. In July 2006, he was voted Educator of the Year by the Florida Society of the ACOFP. In July 2004, Dr. James was recognized by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) as one of their Mentors of the Year. He has received the Outstanding Clinical Instructor Award for the Sun Coast Family Medicine Residency Program three times and the Outstanding Lecturer award for the entire medical education program twice. Dr. James is certified in family medicine, geriatrics, and long-term care for nursing homes.
 
Samuel L. Katz, MD
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
Dr. Katz chaired the ACIP of the U.S. Public Health Service from 1985 to 1993, and then served for many years as the liaison to ACIP for the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). He co-chairs the National Network for Immunization Information. He has served on the Infectious Diseases Committee (the Red Book) of the American Academy of Pediatrics which he chaired for 2 years. He has been an active member of many NIH and WHO committees on infectious diseases and vaccines, as well as international advisory boards on vaccines. He served as the WHO's Polio Research Committee chair through 2010. Besides his service on numerous boards and committees, including past president of the American Pediatric Society, Katz is the Wilburt C. Davison Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC.
 
Elyse Olshen Kharbanda, MD, MPH
Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
Dr. Kharbanda, pediatrician and clinician investigator, has for the past decade been engaged in research and advocacy related to adolescent vaccination. As a clinician investigator with HealthPartners Research and Education, she currently studies vaccine safety through the CDC-funded Vaccine Safety Datalink Project. Active on the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine's Committee on Adolescent Immunization, Dr. Kharbanda has written on vaccine financing and influenza vaccine. Board certified in general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, she is a clinician at HeathPartners Medical Group. Previously, she has served on the faculty of Columbia University's Department of Pediatrics at the College of Physicians & Surgeons and Mailman School of Public Health.
 
Marie-Michele Léger, MPH, PA-C
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
Ms. Léger, a physician assistant, is the senior director of clinical and international affairs, Division of Science and Public Health, for the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). In her role she monitors and advises AAPA leadership on important issues in clinical medicine and public health. She also represents the Academy at a wide range of meetings relevant to clinical practice and serves as a staff advisor to AAPA's Clinical and Health Affairs Commision, Health Disparities workgroup and the Quality Care Workgroup clinical and Scientific Affairs Council, Professional Education Development Council, Committee on Diversity, and the Committee on International Affairs. Ms. Léger, has worked in primary care in underserved communities and urban medical centers. She has published extensively, spoken on immunization at statewide conferences, and written editorials/articles on raising the awareness of adult immunization rates. Ms. Léger's areas of interest are women's health, diversity in health care, access to health care, and infectious disease. Ms. Léger retains a teaching appointment faculty appointment as a clinical assistant professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Physician Assistant Program.
 
Harold S. Margolis, MD
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, CDC
Dr. Margolis, pediatrician, is chief of the Dengue Branch, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, CDC. Prior to this he served as the director of the Pediatric Dengue Vaccine Initiative, a project of the International Vaccine Institute in Seoul, Korea. He was formerly director of the Division of Viral Hepatitis (DVH), National Center for Infectious Diseases, CDC, where he worked with DVH for more than 20 years. He has experience in vaccine development and evaluation, development and evaluation of strategies to prevent viral hepatitis, and the molecular pathogenesis of viral hepatitis. He was involved in development recommendations for U.S. hepatitis B immunization strategies and a consultant to a number of countries in the development of hepatitis B immunization and prevention programs. He is the author or co-author of over 200 papers or chapters in the field of viral hepatitis and its prevention.
 
Martin G. Myers, MD
National Network for Immunization Information (NNii)
Dr. Myers is professor of pediatrics, University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), and director for Public Health Policy and Education, Sealy Center for Vaccine Development, UTMB. Formerly he was director, National Vaccine Program Office, Department of Health and Human Services. He is executive director of NNii.
 
Kathleen M. Neuzil, MD, MPH
American College of Physicians
Dr. Neuzil is clinical professor, Departments of Medicine and Global Health, University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, WA. She is also the director of the Vaccine Access and Delivery Global Program for PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health), Seattle. Dr. Neuzil is the Infectious Diseases Society of America liaison representative to CDC's ACIP, as well as a member of the American College of Physician's Adult Immunization Initiative Physician Advisory Board.
 
Paul A. Offit, MD
Vaccine Education Center, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Dr. Offit is chief of the division of infectious diseases and the director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition, Dr. Offit is the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of vaccinology and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He was also a recent voting member of the ACIP. Dr. Offit is the recipient of many awards and is the co-author of five books. In addition, he has published more than 150 papers in medical and scientific journals in the areas of rotavirus-specific immune responses and vaccine safety and is the co-inventor of a rotavirus vaccine.
 
Walter A. Orenstein, MD
Emory University
Dr. Orenstein, pediatric infectious disease specialist, serves as the Director of the Program for Vaccine Policy and Development and Associate Director of the Emory Vaccine Center at the Emory University School of Medicine a position he previously held from March 2004 to October 2008. Between October 2008 and September 2011, Dr. Orenstein was Deputy Director for Immunization Programs at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to that, he served for more than 25 years at the CDC, including as director of the former National Immunization Program (now called the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases). Dr. Orenstein is a co-editor of the fifth edition of the textbook "Vaccines," as well as more than 200 other works. He is a renowned national and international speaker and the recipient of numerous awards.
 
Mitchel C. Rothholz, RPh, MBA
American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
Mr. Rothholz, pharmacist, is chief strategy officer for APhA. He is responsible for APhA's strategic planning and external collaborations; governance; immunization and other public health initiatives; policy development; and awards and election processes. He is an active member of numerous state and national pharmacy organizations and immunization coalitions.
 
Thomas N. Saari, MD
American Academy of Pediatrics
Dr. Saari practiced general pediatrics in Madison for 24 years before his appointment as professor of pediatrics in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Division of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 1998. Dr. Saari worked for many years with CDC on projects concerning vaccine safety, the control of hepatitis B and C in the U.S., the immunization of term and preterm infants, and strategies to promote community-based immunization activities. He served six years on the Committee on Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics beginning in 1998 and was appointed chair of the Wisconsin Council for Immunization Practices in 1999 until his retirement from the University in 2006. In the course of his career, he received recognition as Wisconsin Pediatrician of the Year (1993), the AAP Special Achievement Award (1994), and the Wisconsin Public Health Association Distinguished Service Award (2005) for his immunization advocacy efforts. Dr. Saari currently serves on the Immunization Subcommittee of the AAP Committee on Practice and Ambulatory Medicine (COPAM) and the AAP Automated Identification of Vaccine Product Committee (barcoding).
 
William Schaffner, MD
Infectious Diseases Society of America
Dr. Schaffner, an internist, is professor and chairman, Department of Preventive Medicine, and professor of medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Schaffner, liaison to CDC's ACIP from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, is also a member of the Immunization Technical Advisory Committee of the American College of Physicians and is an associate hospital epidemiologist at Vanderbilt University Hospital. Dr. Schaffner received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College.
 
Anne Schuchat, MD
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC
Dr. Schuchat, an internist and epidemiologist, is director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). Prior to this, she served as acting director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases and chief of the Respiratory Diseases Branch at CDC. She has worked on pre- and post-licensure evaluation of bacterial conjugate vaccines and made important contributions to the prevention of infectious diseases in children and adults.
 
Rhoda Sperling , MD
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
Dr. Sperling, an obstetrics and gynecology infectious disease specialist, is research director and vice chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City. Early in her career she co-led the landmark international study that demonstrated that a regimen of antepartum, intrapartum, and newborn zidovudine could prevent mother-to-child HIV-1 transmission. Her current research focuses on immunologic changes during pregnancy including vaccine responses. She has published extensively on the prevention of horizontal and vertical transmission of viral pathogens. She is a member of ACOG's immunization expert working group.
 
Thomas E. Stenvig, RN, PhD, MPH, NEA-BC
American Nurses Association
Dr. Stenvig is associate professor with the College of Nursing at South Dakota State University in Brookings. He also is past president of the National Network of Immunization Nurses and Associates. Professor Stenvig's research program focuses on nursing behavioral issues related to immunizing children and nurses' participation in vaccination. Previously, he was involved in immunization programs for the Indian Health Service for many years while a U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Officer. He currently serves on the National Vaccine Advisory Committee for the National Vaccine Program Office.
 
Kathryn L. Talkington, MPAff
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
Ms. Talkington is the senior director for immunization and infectious disease policy at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the national organization representing the chiefs of the state and territorial health agencies. In this capacity, Ms. Talkington oversees four policy areas that comprise the Infectious Disease arena at ASTHO – immunization, emerging infectious disease, HIV/AIDS, and pandemic influenza. She has experience on issues related to state health programs, vaccine financing, vaccine safety, healthcare-associated infections, and emergency preparedness, among other areas. Ms.Talkington was formerly the Director of Immunization Policy for ASTHO.
 
Ann S. Taub, MA, CPNP
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP)
Ms. Taub is a pediatric nurse practitioner in primary care in Long Island, New York. She is a NAPNAP fellow and co-chair of NAPNAP'S special interest group on Immunizations and former President of the New York Long Island Chapter. Ms. Taub is a member of Nassau County's Department of Health's Immunization Task Force. She has worked on numerous projects on immunization for NAPNAP and has written articles on immunization for parents.
 
John W. Ward, MD
Division of Viral Hepatitis, National Center for Infectious Diseases, CDC
Dr. John Ward is director of the Division of Viral Hepatitis at the CDC and is responsible for directing and planning national and international research, surveillance, and public health programs related to viral hepatitis prevention and control. During his tenure, Dr. Ward has guided the revision of CDC's viral hepatitis policies, including those to promote education, vaccination, and testing. To facilitate policy implementation, he initiated new surveillance, research, and prevention programs. At the national level, Dr. Ward conceived of and sponsored an Institute of Medicine (IOM) review of viral hepatitis prevention in the United States, leading to development of the first HHS Action Plan for Viral Hepatitis Prevention, Care, and Treatment. Globally, Dr. Ward has served as an expert consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO). As such, he helped foster new immunization policies, including the adoption of universal hepatitis B vaccination of newborns as a global health goal, the passage of a viral hepatitis resolution by the World Health Assembly, and the development of WHO's first strategic plan for viral hepatitis. To increase awareness and build prevention capacity, Dr. Ward served as founder or co-founder of non-governmental organizations, including the Asia and Pacific Alliance to Eliminate Viral Hepatitis and the CDC Foundation's Viral Hepatitis Action Coalition. Dr. Ward's experience includes 14 years in the field of HIV/AIDS conducting early studies of HIV transmission and directing national HIV/AIDS surveillance. He spent 7 years as Editor of CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) and continues to serve on MMWR's Editorial Board. Dr. Ward has also authored over 100 scientific publications and recently served as Editor for Silent Victories, a history of public health in the 20th century published in 2007 by Oxford University Press. Dr. Ward received his MD from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Alabama Hospitals. He obtained additional postgraduate training with the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Service and the infectious diseases fellowship program at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. He also holds a clinical faculty appointment with the Department of Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta, GA.
 
Patricia N. Whitley-Williams, MD, MPH
National Medical Association
Dr. Whitley-Williams, a pediatrician, is professor of pediatrics and chief, Division of Pediatric Immunology, Allergy and Infectious Diseases, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, as well as Interim Chair, Department of Pediatrics at UMDNJ-RWJ Medical School. She is the National Medical Association's liaison to CDC's ACIP. She also serves as a member of the National Network for Immunization Information, Infectious Diseases Society of America. Dr. Whitley-Williams's research interests include pediatric HIV infection/AIDS and immunization coverage rates in children.
 
Walter W. Williams, MD, MPH
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC
Dr. Williams, internist and public health specialist, is a medical epidemiologist in the National Center for Immunization Services and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), CDC. He previously worked in this Center on adult immunization before leaving to serve as the Associate Director for Minority Health, Office of the Director, CDC; and Director of CDC's Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities. He rejoined NCIRD to support current CDC activities related to vaccine preventable diseases. He has published extensively and spoken at regional and national symposia on topics related to epidemiology, public health, and preventive medicine. He holds faculty appointments at Morehouse Medical School and the Emory University School of Public Health and is Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Residency in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine.
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Hie-Won L. Hann, MD
Jefferson Medical College
Dr. Hie-Won Hann, professor of medicine at Jefferson Medical College, is the director of the Liver Disease Prevention Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She has nearly 35 years of experience working on HBV and liver cancer. Dr. Hann has conducted 35 clinical trials which studied various antiviral agents for hepatitis B. She is a co-investigator on two current NIH-funded liver cancer research projects. She has published more than 263 scientific articles, book chapters, and abstracts and has received numerous awards, including the 2003 Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania Award from the Governor of Pennsylvania, and the 2006 Korean American Pioneer Award from Channel 6 ABC. For more than 20 years, Dr. Hann and her husband Dr. Richard Hann, an immunologist, have screened more than 25,000 Korean Americans for hepatitis B and liver cancer by visiting about 450 Korean American and some Chinese American churches. She has also been an active international speaker in the field of hepatitis B. She is a past advisor to the CDC's Hepatitis B Advisory Group for Asian/Pacific Islanders and the National Asian Pacific Leadership Initiative on Cancer and currently serves as an advisor to the Immunization Action Coalition and the Hepatitis B Foundation.
 
Mark A. Kane, MD, MPH
Consultant
Dr. Kane, a pediatrician, is a consultant on international immunization issues. In January 2006, he retired as the Director of the Children's Vaccine Program (CVP) at PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health). CVP's mission was to improve immunization delivery to children in the developing world and help to introduce new and underutilized vaccines. Dr. Kane completed a three-year term as a Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) Board member, and served as the founding President of the Global Fund for Children's Vaccines (now the GAVI Fund). Prior to his work with PATH, Dr. Kane spent 20 years with the CDC, the last 10 of which were spent at the World Health Organization where he was responsible for the hepatitis B vaccine program.
 
Edgar K. Marcuse, MD, MPH, FAAP
University of Washington School of Medicine Seattle Children's
Dr. Marcuse is professor of pediatrics and adjunct professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington and associate medical director, quality improvement, at Seattle Children's. He is an academic general pediatrician with special interest in immunization (policy, practice, ethics, economics, and vaccinology) and quality improvement (application of lean principles, implementation of evidence-based medicine, and the impact of culture on quality). He received his BA from Oberlin, his MD from Stanford, did his pediatric residency at Boston and Seattle Children's, served in the CDC's Epidemiology Intelligence Services as a medical epidemiologist assigned to WA State, and completed a fellowship in epidemiology and received his MPH from UW. Nationally Dr. Marcuse has served as a member and chair of the United States Department of Health and Human Services National Vaccine Advisory Committee, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases (Red Book), Associate Editor of the Red Book, Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Immunization Advisory Team, a member of the CDC's ACIP, a member of the Institute of Medicine's Committee on the National Vaccine Plan, and currently serves on the FDA's Vaccines and Related Biologics Advisory Committee. Dr. Marcuse was a founding co-editor of AAP Grand Rounds, a monthly publication critiquing new studies relevant to pediatric practice, and has authored over 100 publications relating to immunization, general pediatrics, and public health. His license plate is DTAP IPV.
 
Brian J. McMahon, MD
Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage, AK
Dr. McMahon, an internal medicine specialist and hepatologist, is Medical and Research Director of the Viral Hepatitis Program at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Anchorage, AK. He also serves as a research associate for the CDC and has published over 150 original articles, book chapters, and review articles. Dr. McMahon is the co-author of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD) Practice Guideline on Chronic Hepatitis B. He is also an advisor to the Global AIDS Program and the World Health Organization on Hepatitis B and C. Dr. McMahon has won numerous national awards for his contributions in liver disease and public health, including an Outstanding Service Award from the United States Public Health Service, the American College of Physician's Alvan R. Feinstein Memorial Award for notable contributions in the field of clinical epidemiology, and in 2005 he was elected as a Master in the American College of Physicians. Dr. McMahon was the University of Washington's 2007-2008 Science in Medicine Lecturer, and he received the Hepatitis B Foundation Scientist of the Year award in 2009. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Viral Hepatitis from 2008-2010.
 
Stanley A. Plotkin, MD
Consultant in Vaccinology
Dr. Plotkin, pediatric infectious disease specialist, is a consultant in vaccinology and Emeritus Professor of the University of Pennsylvania. From 1991 to April 2009, he worked at sanofi pasteur as Medical and Scientific Director and, most recently, Executive Advisor to the CEO. Prior to 1991, Dr. Plotkin was Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania, Professor of Virology at the Wistar Institute, and at the same time, Director of Infectious Diseases and Senior Physician at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Plotkin's healthcare career spans more than fifty years of brilliant service. He has been chairman of the Infectious Diseases Committee and the AIDS Task Force of the American Academy of Pediatrics, liaison member of the ACIP and Chairman of the Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Research Committee of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Plotkin has received numerous awards, including the Bruce Medal in Preventive Medicine of the American College of Physicians, the Distinguished Physician Award of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, the French Legion of Honor Medal, the Distinguished Alumnus and the Gold Medal Award of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the Sabin Gold Medal award, the Fleming (Bristol) Award of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the medal of the Fondation Merieux, the Finland Award of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, and the Hilleman Award of the American Society for Microbiology. Dr. Plotkin has authored more than 675 articles and has edited several books including the standard textbook "Vaccines." He developed the rubella vaccine now in standard use throughout the world, is co-developer of the newly licensed pentavalent rotavirus vaccine, and has worked extensively on the development and application of other vaccines including polio, rabies, varicella, and cytomegalovirus.
 
Gregory A. Poland, MD
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Gregory A. Poland, MD Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN Dr. Gregory Poland is the Director of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group - a state-of-the-art research group and laboratory that investigates issues surrounding vaccine response and novel vaccines important to public health. He is a professor of medicine and infectious diseases, the director of the Immunization Clinic, and the director of the Program in Translational Immunovirology and Biodefense at the Mayo Clinic. He is the editor-in-chief for the journal Vaccine. Dr. Poland was awarded the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence in December 2008. In 2008, he was named a Master of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Poland received the Hsu prize in International Infectious Disease Epidemiology in 2007, and the Charles Merieux Lifetime Achievement Award in Vaccinology from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases in May 2006. In December 2006, Dr. Poland was elected president of the Defense Health Board, serving two terms, and currently serves as an advisor on pandemic influenza issues to the Secretary of Defense. In 2005 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Illinois Wesleyan University, his alma mater. He was appointed as the Mary Lowell Leary Professor in Medicine (the highest academic distinction for a faculty member) by Mayo Clinic's Board of Trustees in 2004. In May 2003, he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. Since 2004, Dr. Poland has served on the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Taskforce on Pandemic Influenza, and chaired the American College of Physician's Adult Immunization Advisory Board. Dr. Poland received the inaugural Gold Medal from the Spanish Vaccinology Society in 2001. In 1998, he received a joint award from the CDC and the Health Care Financing Administration for his contribution to increasing adult immunization rates in the U.S. which was awarded by the Surgeon General of the United States. In 1997, he was honored as the Outstanding Clinical Investigator of the Year by Mayo Clinic. Dr. Poland is the immediate past President of the International Society for Vaccines, and is the current President and co-founder of the Edward Jenner Society. Dr. Poland participates on many national and academic review committees and actively peer-reviews journal articles for over 26 different publications such as The Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine, and New England Journal of Medicine. A prolific writer, Dr. Poland has published over 350 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters. Dr. Poland received his medical degree from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, IL, and completed his residency and advanced post-graduate work at the University of Minnesota/Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN. He is the father of 3 fully immunized children.
 
Sarah Jane Schwarzenberg, MD
University of Minnesota
Dr. Schwarzenberg, is Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. Schwarzenberg, who is a member of the Institutional Review Board at the University of Minnesota, has also authored several articles for IAC on the care of children who are chronically infected with hepatitis B.
 
Coleman I. Smith, MD
Minnesota Gastroenterology, Minneapolis, MN
Dr. Smith is a hepatologist at Minnesota Gastroenterology in Minneapolis, MN, and a transplant hepatologist and professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. He also organizes the GI fellow rotation at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Dr. Smith received his medical training in Sydney, Australia, and completed his doctoral thesis at the University of Queensland in Australia. He worked in research and clinical hepatology fellowship positions at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark, University of Southern California, and Stanford University. Dr. Smith is the author of many publications and has written several articles for IAC on the care of the adult who is chronically infected with hepatitis.
 
Richard K. Zimmerman, MD, MPH
University of Pittsburgh
A family physician with additional training in public health and epidemiology, Dr. Zimmerman is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, School of Medicine, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Zimmerman has served on the American Academy of Family Physician Commissions on Clinical Policies and Research and Public Health and Scientific Affairs; as the founding chair of the Group on Immunization Education, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine; and as a voting member of the ACIP. Dr. Zimmerman has been the principal investigator on CDC-funded studies about racial disparity and adult immunization and on ways to increase influenza vaccination rates. He has won national awards for his research and curricular materials on immunization, and he has authored over 150 publications on immunizations and vaccine-preventable diseases.
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