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C. Mary Healy, MD

Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital

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C. Mary Healy, MD

Dr. C. Mary Healy is a pediatric infectious disease specialist with Texas Children’s Hospital and associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. She received her medical degree from the National University of Ireland in 1991 and membership in the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (UK) in 1997. In 2000, she moved to Houston where she completed fellowships in pediatric infectious diseases and vaccinology and vaccine‐preventable diseases at Baylor College of Medicine, and has been a faculty member since 2005. She also serves on working groups for the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

Dr. Healy’s research interests are focused on preventing infections in mothers and infants through maternal immunization and on improving vaccination rates in all age groups. Her work has been published and presented both nationally and internationally. She was one of the first healthcare professionals in the US to establish a pertussis cocooning program in 2008, and this nationally recognized program has adapted in line with changing vaccine recommendations and served as a model for other pertussis prevention efforts. Her current research involves assessing the acceptability, uptake, and effectiveness of maternal immunization with Tdap in preventing infant pertussis. She is also the site principal investigator for three grants exploring methods to improve HPV vaccine uptake. Additional research interests include assessing the reasons behind vaccine hesitancy among parents and exploring methods that providers may utilize to overcome it.

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