Vaccine expert to deliver Summer Meeting keynote

Former CDC director Julie Gerberding, MD, is the Summer Meeting's keynote presenter.

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Vaccine expert and former CDC director Julie Gerberding, MD, will deliver the keynote for the Summer Meeting’s high-profile Plenary session on Friday, Aug. 6. Dr. Gerberding served as director of the U.S. CDC from 2002-2009 under President George W. Bush, where she led the agency through severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and more than 40 emergency responses to public health crises, including Hurricane Katrina. 

In 2010, Dr. Gerberding joined Merck in 2010 as president of vaccines and was instrumental in increasing access to the company’s vaccines to people around the world. She is currently executive vice president and chief patient officer at Merck & Co., Inc., where she is responsible for global public policy, communications, patient engagement, corporate social responsibility, and other functions. 

She serves on the Boards of Cerner Corporation and MSD Wellcome Trust Hilleman Laboratories, a non-profit that develops new technologies for developing countries. She also co-chairs the CSIS Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security. 

Dr. Gerberding received her undergraduate and MD degrees from Case Western Reserve University and a Masters of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine and fellowship in clinical pharmacology and infectious diseases at the University of California, San Francisco, where she is currently an adjunct associate professor of medicine.