Remembering Polio: The History and Future of Vaccine Development

A Scientific Symposium Commemorating
the 50th Anniversary of the Development of
the Polio Vaccine

April 11 and 12, 2005
Alumni Hall, University of Pittsburgh

David L. Heymann, M.D.

David L. Heymann, M.D.

Representative of the Director-General
for Polio Eradication
World Health Organization (WHO)

Dr. Heymann, an American epidemiologist on the front lines of public health initiatives, has led WHO’s worldwide polio eradication efforts since July 2003. He previously served as the agency’s executive director for communicable diseases and led the team that stopped the SARS outbreak. During his tenure with WHO since 1988, he also has served as director of the Program on Emerging and Other Communicable Diseases and as chief of research activities for the Global Program on AIDS. He directed the international response to the 1995 outbreak of Ebola in Africa, based on his investigative work during two previous outbreaks in the 1970s. Before joining WHO, Dr. Heymann spent 13 years on assignment from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in sub-Saharan Africa, where he worked to strengthen the capacity for surveillance and control of various infectious diseases, particularly childhood immunizable diseases like measles and polio. Dr. Heymann is a member of the Institute of Medicine.