Biography

Gregory A. Poland, MD, MACP, FIDSA, DHL (Hon)
Director, Vaccine Research Group
Professor, Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Director, Immunization Clinic
Director, Program in Translational Immunovirology and Biodefense
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

 

Gregory Poland, MD, MACP, FIDSA, DHL (Hon), is the Director of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, a state-of-the-art research group and laboratory that investigates issues surrounding vaccine response, vaccine policy, and novel vaccines important to public health. Dr. Poland is a Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases, the Director of the Immunization Clinic, and the Director of the Program in Translational Immunovirology and Biodefense at the Mayo Clinic. He is the Editor-in-Chief for the journal Vaccine.

Dr. Poland is the recent recipient of the Mayo Clinic Department of Medicine Lifetime Research Achievement Award. In addition he recently received an NIH MERIT Award, an honor accorded to less than 5% of the nation's NIH-funded investigators. Dr. Poland was awarded the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence in December 2008. In 2008, he was named a Master of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Poland received the Hsu prize in International Infectious Disease Epidemiology in 2007, and the Charles Merieux Lifetime Achievement Award in Vaccinology from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases in May 2006. In December 2006, Dr. Poland was elected President of the Defense Health Board, serving two terms, and currently serves as the Vice-President and advisor on pandemic influenza issues to the Secretary of Defense. In 2005, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Illinois Wesleyan University, his alma mater. He was appointed as the Mary Lowell Leary Professor in Medicine (the highest academic distinction for a faculty member) by Mayo Clinic's Board of Trustees in 2004. In May 2003, he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. Since 2004, Dr. Poland has served on the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Taskforce on Pandemic Influenza, and chaired the American College of Physician's Adult Immunization Advisory Board. Dr. Poland received the inaugural Gold Medal from the Spanish Vaccinology Society in 2001. In 1998, he received a joint award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Care Financing Administration for his contribution to increasing adult immunization rates in the US which was awarded by the Surgeon General of the United States. In 1997, he was honored as the "Outstanding Clinical Investigator of the Year" by Mayo Clinic. Dr. Poland is the immediate past President of the International Society for Vaccines, and is the current Presi-dent and co-founder of the Edward Jenner Society.

Dr. Poland participates on many national and academic review committees and actively peer-reviews journal articles for over 26 different scientific and medical journals. A prolific writer, Dr. Poland has published over 350 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters.

Dr. Poland received his medical degree from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, and completed his residency and advanced post-graduate work at the University of Minne-sota/Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis.

Dr. Poland is also a motivational speaker, published poet, and self-described provocateur. He is the father of three fully immunized children.