Hamid Jafari, MD - Principal Deputy Director, Center for Global Health
Dr. Jafari is currently serving as the Principal Deputy Director, Center for Global Health, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Dr. Jafari was the Director of Global Polio Eradication at World Health Organization Headquarters, Geneva, and the overall leader of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative through February 2016. Prior to that appointment, Dr. Jafari served as the project manager of World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) National Polio Surveillance Project in India from 2007-2012. As the project manager, he was the main technical advisor to the government of India in the implementation of the nation’s large scale polio eradication, measles control, and routine immunization activities, and he directed WHO’s extensive network of more than 2000 field staff.
Dr. Jafari previously served as Director of the Global Immunization Division in the Center for Global Health at CDC. He also served as the Medical Officer for Polio Eradication in WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean regional office in Egypt on assignment from CDC.
Dr. Jafari is a graduate of CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program, class of 1992. He obtained his MBBS degree from Sind Medical College, Karachi University. He completed his residency training in Pediatrics at Dartmouth Medical School and his Pediatric Infectious Disease fellowship training at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX. Dr. Jafari completed a research fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He’s certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in the sub-specialty of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Dr. Jafari has published more than 70 scientific papers and book chapters on pathogenesis of infectious diseases, polio eradication, and other vaccine-preventable diseases.
Selected Publications — Hamid Jafari, MD
- Efficacy of inactivated poliovirus vaccine in India. Science 2014;345(6199):922
- A World Without Polio. Journal of Infectious Diseases 2014:210 S
- Immunogenicity of bivalent types 1 and 3 oral poliovirus vaccine: a randomised, double-blind, controlled trial. Lancet 2010; 376
- Major infectious diseases of children in developing countries: challenges and opportunities of today and tomorrow. Guest editor. Sem Ped Infect Dis 2004; 15(3):121-123
- Evaluation of an algorithm for integrated management of childhood illness in an area of Kenya with high malaria transmission. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 1997;75(S):33-42.
In The Media
- CDC’s Center for Global Health in Africa: Strategies for Containing Disease Outbreaks Voice of America November 3, 2017
- Trump administration should be ready for global infectious disease outbreaks from day one, panel says Science Speaks January 18, 2017
- Global effort launched to wipe out polio using Salk’s original formula Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images Pittsburgh Post-Gazette April 11, 2016
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