William Schaffner, MD

Medical Director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

William Schaffner, MD is medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN. He also serves as a hospital epidemiologist at Vanderbilt University Hospital. Dr. Schaffner is a past-president of NFID and is a member of numerous other professional societies, including the Infectious Diseases Society of America, American College of Physicians, Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and American Public Health Association. He currently serves as NFID liaison to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Dr. Schaffner is active in the field of infectious disease research and has authored or co-authored more than 400 published studies, reviews, and book chapters on infectious diseases. He currently serves on the editorial board of a number of scientific journals, including Journal of Infectious Diseases, Vaccine, and the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). He is a featured blog author for The Huffington Post and Infectious Disease News. His work has focused on all aspects of infectious diseases including epidemiology, infection control, and immunization. He was the recipient of the inaugural 2017 National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) UpShot Award winner for excellence in vaccine communication. In 2013, he received the John P. Utz Leadership Award from NFID for his longstanding service to NFID and the field of infectious diseases. In 2009, he received the James D. Bruce Award from the American College of Physicians for “distinguished contributions to preventive medicine.” Dr. Schaffner has worked extensively on the effective use of vaccines in both pediatric and adult populations. He is a strong proponent of collaboration between academic medical centers and public health institutions.