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William Schaffner

Dr. William Schaffner, MD, currently serves as NFID liaison to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

He is past-president of NFID and is a member of numerous other professional societies, including the Infectious Diseases Society of America, American College of Physicians, Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and American Public Health Association. Dr. Schaffner 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 currently serves on the editorial board of a number of scientific journals, including the Journal of Infectious Diseases, Vaccine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. He is a featured guest author for 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 UpShot Award for excellence in vaccine communication. In 2013, he received the John P. Utz Leadership Award from NFID for his longstanding service to the organization and the field of infectious diseases. In 2009, he received the James D. Bruce Award from the American College of Physicians for distinguished contributions to preventive medicine. Dr. Schaffner has worked extensively on the effective use of vaccines in adult populations. Dr. Schaffner is a professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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