Walter A. Orenstein, MD

Emory University
Emory Vaccine Center

Dr. Walter Orenstein is a professor of medicine, epidemiology, global health and pediatrics at Emory University. He is associate director, Emory Vaccine Center and director, Emory Program on Vaccine Policy and Development having returned to Emory in October 2011. From 2008-2011, he was deputy director for Immunization Programs, Vaccine Delivery, Global Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. His primary focus at the Foundation had been on polio eradication, measles control, and improving routine immunization programs. Between 2004-2008, he had the same position at Emory as current position. Prior to 2004, he worked for 26 years in the Immunization Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). From 1988-2004, he was the director of the US Immunization Program. Dr. Ornstein has authored /co‐authored many books, journals, and reviews. Along with Drs. Stanley Plotkin, Paul Offit, and Kathryn Edwards, he co‐edited Plotkin's Vaccines, 7e in 2018 - the leading textbook in the field. In 2006, he was elected to the IOM now known as the National Academy of Medicine. He is a past‐chair of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, and is immediate past-president of NFID.

He received his bachelor’s degree at The City College of New York and his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1972. In 2006, he received an honorary DSc degree from Wake Forest University.


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