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Walter A. Orenstein, MD

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. Ornstein 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.

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