William Atkinson, MD, MPH

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Roaf
Atlanta, GA
USA 30333
Email: wla2@cdc.gov

Biographical Sketch:
Dr. William Atkinson is a Medical Epidemiologist in the National Immunization Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Atkinson received his medical degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine in 1977, followed by postgraduate training in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Preventive Medicine. He has worked in Public Health his entire professional career, first with the Louisiana State Health Department in New Orleans, and since 1989 with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Until 1995, he was responsible for measles surveillance and outbreak investigations for the National Immunization Program Since 1995 his principle responsibility has been to develop technical and training materials for immunization providers. He is the author or coauthor of 50 scientific papers and book chapters on vaccine-related topics, including the Red Book (AAP, 2006) , the standard text on vaccines (Vaccines, edited by Plotkin and Orenstein, Saunders, 2004,) and the NIP text Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, commonly known as the “Pink Book”, now in its 10th edition (2007). He has conducted more than 50 vaccine training courses, given more than 500 invited lectures on immunization, and is the principal writer and presenter for 95 nationwide satellite broadcasts on vaccine-preventable diseases. These courses have been attended by more than 300,000 health care providers throughout the country.