John Modlin, deputy director, Polio, is responsible for the research portfolio of the Polio strategy.
Prior to joining the foundation in 2013, John was the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Senior Advising Dean at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. John’s research and academic interests include perinatal viral infections, poliovirus immunization, and vaccine public policy. His research at Johns Hopkins was instrumental in the decision to change polio vaccination policy in the United States in 1997 and again in 2000. He has authored or co-authored more than 250 papers in the medical literature. John was also chair of the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization, and chair of the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee.
He attended Duke University (AB and MD), completed a residency in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, and served on the faculties of Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine before moving to Dartmouth in 1991.