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David S. Fedson, M.D., former Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine, and former Director of Medical Affairs, Aventis Pasteur MSD

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David Fedson received his B.A. in American Studies from Yale University in 1959. He spent the next two years teaching English at New Asia Colleage in Hong Kong under the Yale-China program. He received his medical degree from Yale University in 1965, spent the next year on a fellowship studying smallpox in London and India, and then trained on the Osler Medical Service at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He served as a Clinical Associate in the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation at the National Institutes of Health and Chief Medical Resident at the University of Chicago. He has held faculty appointments at the University of Chicago and the University of Virgina, where he was the Harry T. Peters, Jr. Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of General Medicine.

From 1982 to 1990 Dr. Fedson served on the Task Force on Adult Immunization of the American College of Physicians and edited the second edition of the ACP's Guide for Adult Immunization . From 1984 to 1988 he was a member of the U.S. Public Health Service's Immunization Practices Advisory Committee (ACIP) and from 1988 to 1990 served as ACP Liaison Representative to the ACIP. From 1992 to 1993, he served as a Consultant to the Division of Communicable Diseases at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He was a member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) from 1990-1994 and wrote the NVAC Report on Adult Immunization that was submitted to the Assistant Secretary of Health in 1994.

In 1995, Dr. Fedson joined the Medical Department of Aventis Pasteur MSD, in Lyon, France, where he continued his studies on the epidemiology and cost-effectiveness of influenza and pneumococcal vaccination. In 2001, he was instrumental in establishing the Influenza Vaccine Supply (IVS) International Task Force which represents major vaccine companies and is concerned with vaccine supply for the next influenza pandemic. Since retiring in November 2002, he has continued to work full time on influenza and pneumococcal vaccination. He organized and coordinates the activities of the Macroepidemiology of Influenza Vaccination (MIV) Study Group.

Dr. Fedson has published more than 140 scientific articles and chapters on issues related to adult immunization. In 1999, he received the Research Achievement Award in Adult Immunization in the United States, jointly bestowed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Care Financing Administration and the National Coalition on Adult Immunization.

He lives in France with his wife Paula who works with the World Health Organization and his son Nicholas who is eleven years old. He has two older daughters who are married and live in New York and Chicago. Both are academic physicans.