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Session: Symposium: Challenging Opportunities in Global Immunization
Saturday, October 11, 2014: 2:30 PM
Room: The Pennsylvania Convention Center: 120-ABC
Jon S. Abramson, MD, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC

Dr. Jon S. Abramson received his undergraduate degree at Boston University and medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine (WFUSM). He did a pediatric residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and a pediatric infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He joined the faculty at WFUSM in 1981 and has served as Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at WFUSM and Physician-in-chief of Brenner Children’s Hospital since 1996. He also served as the elected Chair of the Wake Forest University Physicians clinical practice group from 2001 – 2007. Dr. Abramson served as a council member of the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) and was elected President of the SPR in 1995. From 1995 – 2003 he was a member and Chair (1999 – 2003) of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Infectious Diseases and as part of this activity was involved in the publication of the 1997, 2000 and 2003 Red Book. From 2003 – 2007 he was a member and Chair (2005 – 2007) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Since 2009 he has served as a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunizations (SAGE) and as of September 2013 has served as the Chair of the SAGE. Previous roles on SAGE have included serving as the Chair of the Cholera Vaccine and the Meningococcal Vaccine working groups, as well as a member of the Rubella Vaccine and Global Vaccine Action Plan working groups. Currently he serves as the Chair of Varicella Vaccine working group and as a member of the Influenza Seasonal and Pandemic Vaccine working group. Additionally, he serves on the Program and Policy Committee for the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI).

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