Biography

Richard K. Zimmerman, MD, MPH, MA
Professor
Department of Family Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology School of Medicine
 
Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Graduate School of Public Health
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 

Richard K. Zimmerman, MD, MPH, MA, is a Professor with tenure in the Department of Family Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, School of Medicine, and Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh. He is board certified and residency trained in family practice and also in general preventive medicine and public health. Dr. Zimmerman practices in an inner-city neighborhood health center, East Liberty Family Health Care Center, in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Zimmerman received his medical degree from Ohio State University and completed a residency in family practice at Grant Medical Center as well as general preventive medicine residency at The University of Minnesota School of Public Health. He completed a fellowship in academic medicine and clinical investigation at The University of Minnesota Department of Family Practice and Community Health in Minneapolis. Dr. Zimmerman also holds a Masters of Public Health degree in epidemiology from The University of Minnesota and a Masters degree in bioethics from Trinity International University.

Dr. Zimmerman has served on the American Academy of Family Physicians Commissions on Clinical Policies and Research and Public Health and Scientific Affairs and as founding chairperson of the Group on Immunization Education of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (www.immunizationed.org). He served as a voting member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) from 2002–2004.

Dr. Zimmerman is author of over 175 publications on immunizations and vaccine-preventable diseases. Dr. Zimmerman's papers have appeared in several peer-reviewed journals, including JAMA, Pediatrics, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and the Journal of Family Practice. He serves as lead co-editor for the PDA and online software Shots and the journal supplement Vaccines Across the Life Span. Dr. Zimmerman has been the principal investigator on CDC-funded studies about racial disparity and adult immunization and on ways to increase influenza vaccination rates. He has won national awards for his research on economic barriers to immunization and for his curricular materials on immunization. Dr. Zimmerman writes and speaks on the ethics of influenza vaccine rationing and of vaccine mandates.