Dr. Pierce Gardner is the senior advisor to the Global Health Institute at Stony Brook University. Serendipity and good fortune have led to a career combining clinical medicine and public health, with special emphasis on immunization policy, global health, and education of the next generation.
After graduation from Harvard Medical School, he trained in internal medicine at University of Washington where Robert Petersdorf, MD was a strong model in infectious diseases and encouraged Dr. Gardner to do his military service obligation as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It was a pivotal experience. At CDC, Dr. Gardner was involved in polio eradication efforts and in the early recognition of vaccine-associated polio with the Sabin vaccine. His interest in global health was galvanized by smallpox vaccine research projects in Tonga and Togo.
During his infectious disease fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and an academic career at Harvard, University of Chicago, and Stony Brook University, Dr. Gardner maintained his focus on immunization advocacy and policy, serving as chair of the Task Force on Adult Immunization of the American College of Physicians, and liaison to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. He also served on the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board for a decade.
In 2001, Dr. Gardner was seconded to the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health, where he was a progenitor of the Clinical Research Scholars and Fellows Program that has now trained a generation of global health workers.
Dr. Gardner is extremely honored and delighted to receive the Dr. Charles Mérieux Award for Achievement in Vaccinology and Immunology from NFID.
Pierce Gardner, MD Presentations
April 28, 2020 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Robert Austrian Memorial Lecture
"Episode V: The Pneumococcus Strikes Back"
Marie R. Griffin, MD, MPH
Dr. Charles Mérieux Award for Achievement in Vaccinology and Immunology
Pierce Gardner, MD
Maurice R. Hilleman Early-Stage Career Investigator Award
(Recipient to be announced)