Dr. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, was recognized by the American Public Health Association (APHA) with a Distinguished Career Award for his years of dedicated service to infectious disease surveillance, research and public health education. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the profession and 20 or more years of professional practice.
It is given for accomplishments and tangible contributions that have elevated the fields of health education, promotion, and/or communication, and made an impact on the practice of the professions.
Dr. Schaffner graduated from Yale University in 1957, and studied as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Freiburg, German. His research and career focus has been on prevention of infectious disease, and has contributed greatly to the effective use of vaccines, both in pediatric and adult populations. He also has been steadfastly committed to educating the public about the prevention of infectious disease through the news media, public presentations and speeches that have generated wide interest and effective use practices around the globe.
Dr. Schaffner was nominated by Dr. Gilbert Gonzales, assistant professor of medicine, health and society at Vanderbilt University.Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on November 22