Panelist: Diane Medved Harper, MD, MPH, MS
International Cervical Cancer Prevention Specialist
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Dr. Harper is a Professor of Medicine in the departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Community and Family Medicine and Informatic Medicine and Persionalized Health at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Harper completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts, in the fields of Chemical Engineering and Polymerics. She received her medical degree from the University of Kansas in Kansas City, where she also did residencies in Ob/Gyn and Family Medicine. She attended Stanford University and Harvard University for her training in medical decision making and cost effectiveness analysis as part of her Public Health degree. Dr. Harper developed the Gynecologic Cancer Prevention Research Group during her tenure at Dartmouth Medical School bringing this research expertise to UMKC. She is an internationally recognized expert on HPV vaccines having worked with both Merck and GSK to develop Gardasil and Cervarix in phase II and phase III trials. She has published the sentinel work on both vaccines and is an on call consultant to WHO for HPV vaccine policy in developing countries. She has been instrumental in guiding the course of HPV vaccination around the world. Dr. Harper has been honored by her peers as both the New Hampshire physician of the year in 2006 and multiple times as teacher of the year. She has over 100 peer reviewed publications and sits on more than 10 journal editorial boards.