Attending Physician and Research Director at the Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Pro to the question "Should Any Vaccines Be Required for Children?"
"Vaccines work by protecting individuals, but their strength really lies in the ability to protect one’s neighbors. When there are not enough people within a community who are immunized, we are all at risk.
Personal and religious belief exemptions should be curtailed because some people, whether because of age or compromised immune systems, cannot receive vaccines. They depend on those around them to be protected. Vaccines aren’t the only situation in which we are asked to care about our neighbors. Following traffic laws, drug tests at work, paying taxes -- these may go against our beliefs and make us bristle, but we ascribe to them because without this shared responsibility, civil society doesn’t work.
Public health is no different."
Kristen A. Feemster, "Eliminate Vaccine Exemptions," www.nytimes.com, Mar. 23, 2014
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:
Research Director and Physician-Scientist, Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Nov. 2013-present
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, July 2010-present
Attending Physician, Division of Infectious Diseases, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, July 2010-present
Faculty, Global Health Program, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2010-present
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania
Member, Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness and PolicyLab, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Member, Advisory Commission for Childhood Vaccines
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Division of Infectious Diseases, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, July 2008-July 2010
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Health Services Research and Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, University of Pennsylvania, July 2005-June 2008
Resident, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, June 2002-June 2005
MSHPR (Master of Science in Health Policy Research), University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2008
MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2002
MPH, Population and Family Health, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, 2001
MS, Health Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania, 1995
"Eliminate Vaccine Exemptions," www.nytimes.com, Mar. 23, 2014
Cowritten with S. Pati, Z. Mohamad, A. Fiks, R. Grundmeier, and A. Cnaan, "Maternal Health Literacy and Late Initiation of Immunizations among an Inner-City Birth Cohort," Maternal and Child Health Journal, Apr. 2011
Cowritten with P. Prasad, M.J. Smith, C. Feudtner, A. Caplan, P. Offit, et al. "Employee Designation and Health Care Worker Support of an Influenza Vaccine Mandate at a Large Pediatric Tertiary Care Hospital," Vaccine, Feb. 17, 2011
Cowritten with J.A. Kahn and P.J.A. Hillard, "HPV Vaccination: Do Your Patients Get the Message?," Contemporary Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2011
Cowritten with C.C. Hughes, A.L. Jones, and A. Fiks, "HPV Vaccine Decision Making in Pediatric Primary Care: A Semi-Structured Interview Study," BMC Pediatrics, 2011
Cowritten with J.A. Kahn, "Human Papillomavirus Immunization: Implementation of Recommendations," Contemporary Pediatrics, 2010
"Dysuria," Pediatric Practice: Infectious Diseases, Ed. SS Shah, 2009.
Cowritten with S.E. Winters and L. Lavelle, "Influenza," 5Minute Pediatric Consult, Eds. MW. Schwartz, LM Bell, and PM Bingham PM, et al., 2008
Cowritten with S.E. Winters and L. Lavelle, "Human Papillomavirus," 5Minute Pediatric Consult, Eds. M.W. Schwartz, L.M. Bell, and P.M. Bingham PM, et al., 2008
Cowritten with C.T. Lauren, S. Sen, I.N. Wood, and C.P. McKay, "Nephrology," Inpatient Pediatrics: The Philadelphia Guide, 2005