Last updated on: 1/29/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Paul Offit, MD Biography

Title:
Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Any Vaccines Be Required for Children?"
Reasoning:

“People are getting hurt. The parent who reads what Jenny McCarthy says and thinks, ‘Well, maybe I shouldn’t get this vaccine,’ and their child dies of Hib meningitis… It’s such a fundamental failure on our part that we haven’t convinced that parent…

I believe in mandates [for childhood vaccination].”

Amy Wallace, “An Epidemic of Fear: How Panicked Parents Skipping Shots Endangers Us All,” wired.com, Oct. 19, 2009

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with advanced degrees in fields relevant to vaccines and healthcare. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to vaccines and healthcare.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 1992-present
  • Chairman, Drug Use Evaluation Committee, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 1992-present
  • Director of the Vaccine Education Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Fellow, American Academey of Pediatrics
  • Member: American Society for Microbiology, American Society for the Advancement of Science, American Society for Virology, Union of Concerned Scientists, Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, The American Association of Immunologists, Pediatric Infectious Disease Society, Society for Mucosal Immunology, The Society for Pediatric Research, American Gastroenterological Association, International Society for Vaccines, and the Association for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics
  • Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2004-present
  • Associate Editor, Human Vaccines, 2004-present
  • Canon Ely Distinguished Professor, Boston Children’s Hospital, 2007
  • Recipient, Jonas Salk Award, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, 2006
  • Advisory Board member, Every Child By Two, 2006
  • Former member, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1998-2003
  • Recipient, Lederle Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development, Infectious Diseases Society of America, 1988
  • Research Associate, Department of Medical Microbiology, Stanford University School of Medicine, 1985-1987
  • Recipient, University of Maryland Medical School J. Edmund Bradley Prize for Excellence in Pediatrics, 1977
Education:
  • MD, University of Maryland, 1977
  • BS, Tufts University , 1973
Contact Info:
Phone
215-590-2020
Email
offit@email.chop.edu
Website
pauloffit.com
Other:
  • Co-inventor (along with his colleagues Fred Clark and Stanley Plotkin) of the rotavirus vaccine RotaTeq, currently manufactured by Merck & Co.
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Any Vaccines Be Required for Children?