William Atkinson, MD, MPH, is a medical epidemiologist in the National Immunization Program at the DC in Atlanta. Atkinson received his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine in 1977, followed by an internal medicine residency and fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of California. In 1986 he received a master's degree in public health and completed a preventive medicine residency at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans. He is board certified in both internal medicine 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 CDC. Until 1994, 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 co-author of 50 scientific papers and book chapters on vaccine-related topics. 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 83 nationwide satellite broadcasts on vaccine-preventable diseases. These courses have been attended by more than 250,000 health care providers throughout the country.
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