William Schaffner, MD
Professor and Chairman
Department of Preventive Medicine
Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Nashville, Tennessee


William Schaffner, MD, is Professor and Chairman, Department of Preventive Medicine, and Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Schaffner’s primary interests are infectious diseases and their prevention. He has worked extensively on the effective use of vaccines in both pediatric and adult populations.

Dr. Schaffner received his undergraduate degree at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. Thereafter he studied as a Fulbright Scholar at Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany, and proceeded to Cornell University Medical College in New York City where he received his medical degree. Dr. Schaffner completed his medical internship and residency at Vanderbilt University Hospital, as well as a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. After a period as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the US Public Health Service at the CDC, Dr. Schaffner returned to Vanderbilt University Hospital as Chief Medical Resident.

Dr. Schaffner is a Master of the American College of Physicians, and Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, American College of Preventive Medicine, and Infectious Diseases Society of America. Since 1970, he has served as Consultant in Epidemiology for the Tennessee Department of Health. Dr. Schaffner is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Infectious Diseases and Senior Associate Editor for Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology and sits on the editorial boards of Infection and Vaccine. Currently he is President of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. He has published over 260 original articles and over 125 chapters and invited reviews.