William Schaffner, MD

Co-Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board

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Dr. William Schaffner is professor and chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee.

He has served as hospital epidemiologist at the Vanderbilt University Hospital for nearly 30 years and is an active member of 20 professional societies. He is also a consultant in public health policy and communicable disease control for many national and local institutions, such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Tennessee Department of Health, and the American College of Physicians.

In addition to being chairman of AMP’s Scientific Advisory Board, he serves as the president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID).

Dr. Schaffner’s work has focused on all aspects of infectious diseases, including epidemiology, infection control, and immunizations. He has authored or co-authored more than 400 published studies, reviews, and book chapters on infectious diseases.

Dr. Schaffner received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in New York. He was also a Fulbright Scholar (Albert Ludwigs University, Freiburg, Germany) and received his undergraduate degree from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.