We are very excited to announce three of our keynote speakers, Dr. Bill Foege, Dr. David Williams, L.J. Tan, and Dr. Ed Marcuse. Additional speakers will be announced in the coming months.
Dr. Bill Foege has been a leader in global health since the 1970s, when he worked in the successful campaign to eradicate smallpox. Since then, he has helped form the international Task Force for Child Survival, been Director of the CDC, served as Executive Director of the Carter Center, served as faculty at Emory University and the University of Washington, and served as a Senior Medical Advisor for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2012, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His book House on Fire: The Fight to Eradicate Smallpox was published in 2011.
David R. Williams is the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Professor of African and African American Studies and of Sociology at Harvard University. He is internationally recognized as a leading social scientist focused on social influences on health. His research has enhanced our understanding of the complex ways in which race, racial discrimination, socioeconomic status and religious involvement can affect physical and mental health. Dr. Williams has been involved in the development of health policy at the national level in the U.S., and he Dr. Williams has appeared on national television and print media, including ABC’s Evening News, CNN, PBS, C-SPAN, the New York Times, Time, Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Jet and USA Today. He was also a key scientific advisor to the award-winning PBS film series, Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?
Litjen (L.J) Tan is the Chief Strategy Officer for the Immunization Action Coalition, where he is leading the IAC’s new strategic direction on national immunization advocacy and policy development. Prior to that, L.J was the Director of Medicine and Public Health at the American Medical Association for 15 years, where he led multiple efforts in immunizations and infectious diseases, prevention and health promotion, aging and community health, and eliminating healthcare disparities and improving the health of physicians. Dr. Tan received his PhD in Immunology/Microbiology from Northwestern University Medical School, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Molecular Immunology at the University of Chicago Hospitals. He currently serves on the National Quality Forum’s Adult Immunizations Expert Committee, the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Vaccine Study Group, and as an editor for BMC Infectious Diseases. He has also been a member of the federal National Vaccine Advisory Committee and the federal Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices. Dr. Tan co-founded and currently co-chairs the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit, and founded and organized the first National Immunization Congress in 2007.
Dr. Ed Marcuse is Emeritus Professor, Pediatrics, University of Washington. He is an academic general pediatrician with special interest in immunization (policy, practice, ethics, economics and vaccinology) and quality improvement. He received his BA from Oberlin, his MD from Stanford, did his pediatric residency at Boston and Seattle Children’s, served in the CDC’s Epidemiology Intelligence Services as a Medical Epidemiologist assigned to WA State, and completed a fellowship in epidemiology and received his MPH from UW. He worked as a clinician and medical administrator at Seattle Children’s Hospital from 1973-2013. Nationally Dr. Marcuse has served as a member and Chair of the United States Department of Health and Human Services National Vaccine Advisory Committee, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases (Red Book), Associate Editor of the Red Book, Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Immunization Advisory Team, a member of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice, a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the National Vaccine Plan, and currently serves on the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biologics Advisory Committee. Dr. Marcuse has authored over 100 publications relating to immunization, general pediatrics, and public health. His license plate is DTAP IPV.