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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.

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