Samuel Katz (pediatrician)

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Samuel L. Katz (born 1927) is an American pediatrician and virologist whose career has been devoted to infectious disease research, focusing principally on vaccine research and development. Katz is currently the Wilburt Cornell Davison Professor and Chairman Emeritus of Pediatrics at Duke University.

October 15, 1958 the first Measles Vaccine is tested in a Boston lab. The first version of the lab’s vaccine on mentally retarded and disabled children at a school outside of Boston.[1]

He is an honors graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Medical School. After medical internship at Beth Israel Hospital he completed pediatrics residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Boston Children's Hospital, followed by a research fellowship in virology and infectious diseases, and then became a staff member at Children's Hospital working with Nobel Laureate John F. Enders. He remained with Enders for 12 years during which time they developed the attenuated measles virus vaccine now used throughout the world. In addition to his work on measles, Katz has been involved in studies of many other pathogens and infectious diseases including vaccinia, polio, rubella, influenza, pertussis, HIV, and Haemophilus influenzae b conjugates.

Katz has chaired the Committee on Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics (the Redbook Committee), the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control, the Vaccine Priorities Study of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and several WHO and CVI vaccine and HIV panels. He is a member of many scientific advisory committees and boards including the NIH, IOM, WHO, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, The Burroughs Wellcome Fund (Chairman), and the Hasbro Children's Foundation. He was Chairman of the Public Policy Council of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and currently co-chairs IDSA's Vaccine Initiative.

Katz was the 2003 winner of the Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal awarded by the Sabin Vaccine Institute for his contributions to vaccine discoveries during his career.[2]


  1. ^ "Measles — Timelines — History of Vaccines". Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  2. ^ "Samuel L. Katz, MD, To Receive 2003 Sabin Gold Medal". Sabin Vaccine Institute. 2003-03-06. Archived from the original on July 5, 2010. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 

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