Polio Working Group


Hamid Jafari, MD

Hamid Jafari, MDDr. Jafari is Director of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative at the World Health Organization (WHO).  He serves as the main technical advisor to the Government of India (GoI) in the implementation of polio eradication and other immunization activities and directs the WHO's extensive network of nearly 1000 field personnel, including more than 300 surveillance medical officers, who are instrumental in providing technical and programmatic assistance to the government.

Dr. Jafari began his career in epidemiology and public health in 1992 at the National Center for Infectious Diseases, CDC and later worked at the National Immunization Program, CDC.  He served as Medical Officer for Polio Eradication in the Regional Office of the WHO for Eastern Mediterranean from 1996-2002 on assignment from the CDC.

Dr. Jafari completed his residency training in Pediatrics at Dartmouth Medical School, New Hampshire, and his Pediatric Infectious Disease fellowship training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas.  Prior to his pediatrics training, he completed a one year research fellowship at the Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Jafari has published over 50 scientific papers and book chapters on polio eradication, other vaccine-preventable diseases and in the area of pathogenesis and epidemiology of invasive bacterial diseases.

Roland Sutter, MD

Roland Sutter, MDDr. Sutter, born in Switzerland, received his medical and public health education and training in Switzerland and the United States. From 1980 to 1987, he worked for refugees in Asia, an experience that had a profound influence in directing him into a public health career. From 1987 to 2001, Dr. Sutter worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, focusing on the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases, and especially on polio eradication. His last position at CDC was his role as chief of the Polio Eradication Branch, the CDC's organizational home for polio eradication activities.

Since the beginning of 2002, Dr. Sutter is working as the coordinator of the Research, Policy and Product Development Team for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, focusing primarily on issues affecting the pre- and post-eradication era. Dr. Sutter has published extensively on polio, diphtheria, and tetanus, including more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals, more than 30 book chapters, and numerous other reports in CDC's Mortality Morbidity Weekly Report (MMWR) and WHO's Weekly Epidemiologic Record (WER).