Raymond Strikas is a medical officer in the National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in Washington, DC, USA. He is presently the Coordinator for NVPO and DHHS for revising the United States National Vaccine Plan. He also coordinates seasonal influenza and adult vaccination initiatives for NVPO. He received his undergraduate and doctor of medicine degrees from the University of Illinois in Chicago, the latter in 1978. He completed training in internal medicine in 1981, and in infectious diseases in 1983, at both the Hines Veterans' Affairs Medical Center and Loyola University Medical Center near Chicago. He is board-certified in both internal medicine and infectious diseases, is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and is a captain in the US Public Health Service. He worked at the National Immunization Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 1989 to 2006 on adult immunization issues, particularly influenza and pneumococcal vaccines, and pandemic influenza preparedness and response planning. While at CDC, he was also a health educator, and directed smallpox preparedness and response activities for the National Immunization Program. He also served in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at CDC between 1983 and 1985. He is an acknowledged national authority on vaccine-preventable diseases, the vaccines to prevent them, and he has authored or coauthored over 50 articles and book chapters on these subjects.
Biography Updated on 11 August 2009