Neal Nathanson

Dr Neal NathansonDr. Neal Nathanson is the founding Associate Dean for Global Health Programs, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and served in this role from 2003 through 2014. His global public health legacy continues through the Neal Nathanson Fellowship in Global Public Health. Among his special interests are the epidemiology and eradication of poliomyelitis, the control of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the development of an AIDS vaccine.  He currently serves on a number of national and international panels that guide research and policies in these areas.  Also, he is active in national organizations that guide education and training in global health.

Shortly before agreeing to head the Global Health Programs office in late 2003, Dr. Nathanson had retired as Vice Provost for Research at the University of Pennsylvania where he served from December, 2000 and was responsible for oversight of the whole research enterprise of the entire University.  From July, 1998 to September, 2000, Dr. Nathanson served as Director of the Office of AIDS Research (OAR) at the National Institutes of Health responsible for coordinating the scientific, budgetary, legislative, and policy components of the NIH AIDS research programs, as well as for promoting collaborative research activities in domestic and international settings.

Dr. Nathanson was educated at Harvard University where he received both a BS and an MD degree, followed by clinical training in internal medicine at the University of Chicago and postdoctoral training in virology at the Johns Hopkins University. Early in his career, Dr. Nathanson spent two years at the Centers for Disease Control, where he headed the Poliomyelitis Surveillance Unit. Later he joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health, where he became Professor and head of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Epidemiology. He then moved to the University of Pennsylvania where he chaired the Department of Microbiology for 15 years, finally serving for two years as Vice Dean for Research and Research Training. Dr. Nathanson is particularly known for his contributions to the field of viral pathogenesis, having edited the definitive text on this subject. He has also made significant contributions to the epidemiology of viral diseases.

Dr. Nathanson was featured in the summer 2013 issue of HARVARD MEDICINE magazine. Click here to view.

Last updated:  June 20, 2014

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