Paul A. Offit, MD
Director of the Vaccine Education Center
Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
Paul A. Offit, MD, is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center and Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He is also the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Offit earned his bachelor's degree from Tufts University and his medical degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. During his early training at CHOP, he was mentored by Maurice Hilleman, who is considered the father of modern vaccines. Along with H. Fred Clark, PhD, and Stanley A. Plotkin, MD, Dr. Offit is the co-inventor of an oral rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq, a pentavalent rotavirus vaccine that took 26 years to develop. In recognition to his dedication to the development of a rotavirus vaccine, Dr. Offit was the 2018 recipient of the Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal, which the Sabin Vaccine Institute has awarded annually since 1994 for recognition of research accomplishments in the field of vaccinology or a complementary field.
Additional accolades include being selected as a recipient of the Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development from the Infectious Disease Society of America and a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Offit is a regular contributor to the CHOP Vaccine Update Newsletter for Healthcare Professionals, and an accomplished writer. Dr. Offit is a member of the Scientific Committee for the 2019 ISV Annual Congress.