Dr. Kathryn Edwards
The week of April 25 is National Infant Immunization Week. While Minnesota health officials have attempted to contain a measles outbreak since February, Utah and Texas are reporting cases of the highly contagious disease as well. Dr. Kathryn Edwards, a member of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases, comes on the show to discuss the measles outbreaks that are occurring around the country, how contagious measles is, and how it can spread when there are pockets of under-immunized or unimmunized people.
Dr. Edwards received her medical degree at the University of Iowa and her residency training at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University. Her Fellowship and postdoctoral training were completed at Northwestern University and Rush Medical School in Chicago, IL, respectively.
Dr. Edwards joined the faculty of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases in 1980, advanced to Associate Professor in 1986, and was promoted the Professor in 1991. Currently Dr. Edwards holds the Sarah H. Sell Chair in Pediatrics and serves as the Director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program. She has conducted research on pediatric and adult vaccines since her arrival at Vanderbilt and has been involved in formulating vaccine policy for the country and in evaluating the impact of various vaccine programs. Through NIH and CDC funding she has performed many of the pivotal studies on vaccine effectiveness, vaccine safety, and vaccine impact in the past three decades. She is actively engaged in mentoring young clinical investigators and in teaching residents, medical students, and fellows. She received the Mentorship Award from the Infectious Disease Society of America in 2006 for her commitment to mentoring young investigators. Her clinical work is focused on preventing and managing infectious diseases in children.
Dr. Edwards is a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics and previously has served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Related Biological Products.
Dr Edwards has published over 260 articles, primarily on the topics of vaccines and pediatric infectious diseases, in New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of Infectious Diseases, and Lancet . In addition, she sits on the editorial board of Infection and Immunity, Clinical Vaccines and Immunology, and Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. She is an invited speaker at many national and international conferences and symposia. In 1999, Dr. Edwards was the recipient of the University of Iowa College of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Award and in 2005 Vanderbilt presented her with the Alexander Heard Award for University Service. In 2007 she was the recipient of both the Pediatric Academic Society Plotkin Lectureship in Vaccinology and the Infectious Disease Society of America Smadel Award. In 2008 she was elected into the Institute of Medicine.
Melanie Cole, M.S.
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