William Schaffner, MD is Medical Director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN. He also serves as a hospital epidemiologist at Vanderbilt University Hospital.
Dr. Schaffner is a past-president of NFID and currently serves as NFID liaison to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). He is active in the field of infectious disease research and has authored or co-authored more than 400 published studies, reviews, and book chapters on infectious diseases. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Infectious Diseases, Vaccine, and the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), and is a featured blog author for The Huffington Post and Infectious Disease News.
His work has focused on all aspects of infectious diseases including epidemiology, infection control, and immunization. He was the recipient of the inaugural 2017 National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) UpShot Award winner for excellence in vaccine communication. In 2013, he received the John P. Utz Leadership Award from NFID for his longstanding service to NFID and the field of infectious diseases. Dr. Schaffner has worked extensively on the effective use of vaccines in both pediatric and adult populations. He is a strong proponent of collaboration between academic medical centers and public health institutions. In his role with NFID, Dr. Schaffner focuses on educating the public and healthcare professionals and serves as course director for a variety of continuing education programs.