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Walter A. Orenstein, MD

NFID Past-President; Associate Director, Emory Vaccine Center, Emory University

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Walter A. Orenstein, MD

Dr. Walter Orenstein is a professor of medicine, epidemiology, global health, and pediatrics at Emory University. He is associate director, Emory Vaccine Center, and director, Emory Program on Vaccine Policy and Development. From 2008 to 2011, he was deputy director for Immunization Programs, Vaccine Delivery, Global Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where his primary focus was polio eradication, measles control, and improving routine immunization programs. From 1988 to 2004, he was the director of the US Immunization Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Orenstein has authored or co‐authored many books, journals, and reviews. Along with Drs. Stanley Plotkin, Paul Offit, and Kathryn Edwards, he co‐edited Plotkin’s Vaccines, 7e in 2018, the leading textbook in the field. In 2006, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine, now known as the National Academy of Medicine. He is a past‐chair of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, and is immediate past‐president of National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID).

He received his bachelor’s degree at The City College of New York and his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1972. In 2006, he received an honorary DSc degree from Wake Forest University.

Walter A. Orenstein, MD Presentations

  • June 19, 2020 at 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

    Controlling Vaccine-Preventable Diseases: From Elimination to Eradication

    Closing Session

    Widespread vaccination efforts have led to the elimination of infectious diseases such as polio and measles in certain regions. However, eradication requires sustained and adaptable efforts to interrupt transmission in all populations and ensure pathogens are not reintroduced. To date, only one infectious disease that affects humans has been eradicated—smallpox. This session will explore various strategies used to control vaccine-preventable diseases, with the goal of elimination and, ultimately, eradication.

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