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Panelist: Dr. Anne Schuchat
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Director, National Center for Immunization
and Respiratory Diseases CDC
Assistant Surgeon General
US Public Health Service

Dr. Schuchat (pronounced shook-it) has been at CDC since 1988 when she entered the US Public Health Service as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer.  She has made significant contributions to prevent infectious diseases in children through her work informing vaccine and prevention policy, developing guidelines and disease monitoring systems, conducting pre- and post-licensure vaccine evaluations, and collaborating with international, national, and state partners to accelerate the availability of vaccines and prevention programs.  Internationally, she has worked in West Africa on meningitis and pneumonia vaccine studies, in South Africa on surveillance and prevention projects, and in China on SARS emergency response and epidemiologic studies.  Dr. Schuchat graduated with highest honors from Swarthmore College and with honors from Dartmouth Medical School.  She completed residency training in internal medicine at New York University's Manhattan VA Hospital.  She has co-authored more than 180 scientific articles and received numerous awards including the Public Health Service's Meritorious Service Medal and Physician Research Officer of the Year for her contributions to preventing group B streptococcal infections in newborns. Since December 2005, Dr. Schuchat has led the CDC's immunization and respiratory diseases programs.  In 2006, she was promoted to the rank of Assistant Surgeon General within the US Public Health Service.

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