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Kristen A. Feemster, MD MPH MSHP is Medical Director of the Immunization Program and Acute Communicable Diseases at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and Director of Research for the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She trained as a pediatric infectious diseases physician and health services researcher at the CHOP and University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where she has been on faculty since 2010, currently as an adjunct associate professor. Her research portfolio focuses upon understanding how both individual and neighborhood factors affect the epidemiology of pediatric infectious diseases to inform the development and implementation of effective prevention policies, especially vaccine policies. She serves on the boards of the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Immunization Coalitions and the UNITY Consortium that promotes adolescent vaccination. She is also a technical advisor for the American Academy of Pediatrics Global Immunization Advocacy Initiative that works with pediatric societies to support immunization programs in GAVI eligible countries. Related to her positions and community involvement, Dr. Feemster has authored a book (Vaccines: What Everyone Needs to Know), numerous peer—reviewed manuscripts and invited commentaries and regularly provides vaccine education to a wide range of audiences.
Feemster, KA. Vaccines: What Everyone Needs to Know, 1st Edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.