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Paul A. Offit, MD
Paul A. Offit
Director, Vaccine Education Center

Dr. Offit is director of the Vaccine Education Center at CHOP and an internationally recognized expert in the fields of virology and immunology. He is co-inventor of a landmark vaccine achievement for the prevention of rotavirus gastroenteritis.

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Dr. Offit is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of virology and immunology, and was a member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is a founding advisory board member of the Autism Science Foundation and the Foundation for Vaccine Research, a member of the Institute of Medicine and co-editor of the foremost vaccine text, Vaccines.

He is a recipient of many awards including the J. Edmund Bradley Prize for Excellence in Pediatrics from the University of Maryland Medical School, the Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development from the Infectious Disease Society of America, a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health, and the Sabin Vaccine Institute Gold Medal.

Dr. Offit has published more than 150 papers in medical and scientific journals in the areas of rotavirus-specific immune responses and vaccine safety. He is also the co-inventor of a landmark rotavirus vaccine recommended for universal use in infants by the CDC.

For this achievement, Dr. Offit received the Luigi Mastroianni and William Osler Awards from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the Charles Mérieux Award from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, and was honored by Bill and Melinda Gates during the launch of their Foundation’s Living Proof Project for global health. In addition, he has received numerous other awards and honors for his groundbreaking work.

Education and Training

BS, Tufts University, 1973

MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 1977

Titles and Academic Titles

Director, Vaccine Education Center

Maurice R. Hilleman Chair of Vaccinology

Professor of Pediatrics

Adjunct Associate Professor, The Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Association of Immunologists

American Gastroenterological Association

American Pediatric Society

American Society for Microbiology

American Society for the Advancement of Science

American Society for Virology

Association for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics

GAVI Campaign, Board of Directors

International Society for Vaccines

Institute for Science in Medicine

Pediatric Infectious Disease Society

Philadelphia Childhood Immunization Coalition

Philadelphia County Medical Society

Philadelphia Pediatric Society

Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine

Society for Mucosal Immunology

Society for Pediatric Research

Union of Concerned Scientists

Professional Awards

The University of Pennsylvania Research Foundation Award, 1988

Lederle Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development, 1988

Research Achievement Award, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 1991

"Excellence in Service" Award from the Delaware Valley Immunization Coalition, 2001

Fellow, College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 2003

Gold Medal Award from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for the co-invention of RotaTeq, 2006

Jonas Salk Bronze Medal from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology for the co-invention of RotaTeq, 2006

Stanley A. Plotkin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Vaccines, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, 2008

American Medical Writers Association Medical Book Award, Public/Healthcare Consumer Category for "Vaccinated: One Man’s Quest to Defeat the World’s Deadliest Diseases," 2008

Luigi Mastroianni Clinical Innovator Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine for the co-invention of RotaTeq, 2008

Dr. Charles Mérieux Award for Achievement in Vaccinology and Immunology from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, 2009

Humanitarian of the Year Award, National Meningitis Association, 2009

William Osler Patient Oriented Research Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine for the co-invention of RotaTeq and for the creation of the Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2009

Honored by Bill and Melinda Gates at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Living Proof Project for Global Health, 2009

President's Certificate for Outstanding Service, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2009

Ralph D. Feigin Award for Excellence, 2010, for "Outstanding Advocacy for Immunizations," 2010

Inducted into the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, 2011

Board Member, The Franklin Institute, 2011

Odyssey Award, Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, 2011

David E. Rogers Award, American Association of Medical Colleges, 2011

Humanitarian of the Year Award, Biotechnology Industries Organization, 2011

Elected to the John Morgan Society, University of Pennsylvania, 2012

Drexel Medicine Prize in Translational Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine, 2012

Jonathan M. Mann Memorial Lecture, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, 2012

Distinguished Medical Achievement Award, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 2012

Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology, 2012

Innovators in Health Award, Group Health Foundation, 2013

Honor Award and Gold Key, Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 2013

Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, 2013

Robert P. Balles Prize in Critical Thinking, The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and Skeptical Inquirer Magazine, 2014

Honoree, Autism Science Foundation, 5th Anniversary Celebration, 2014

Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, University of Pennsylvania, 2015

The Porter Prize, University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, 2016

Jonathan E. Rhoads Medal for Distinguished Service to Medicine, The American Philosophical Society, 2016

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