Kathryn M. Edwards, M.D.

Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Pediatrics
Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program
Professor of Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics

Kathryn Edwards is a professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She holds the Sarah H. Sell Chair in Pediatrics, and is the director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program. Dr. Edwards received her medical degree at the University of Iowa and completed her residency and fellowship at Children's Memorial Hospital at Northwestern University. Dr. Edwards' clinical work focuses on preventing and managing infectious diseases in children. She has been involved in many of the pivotal studies on vaccine effectiveness, safety and impact conducted over the last three decades. She has contributed to the formulation of vaccine policy for the U.S. and the evaluation of the impact of various vaccine programs. Dr. Edwards has published more than 260 articles on vaccines and pediatric infectious diseases, and is a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Edwards is actively engaged in mentoring young investigators and received the Mentorship Award from the Infectious Disease Society of America in 2006. In 2007, she was the recipient of both the Pediatric Academic Society Plotkin Lectureship in Vaccinology and the Infectious Disease Society of America Smadel Award. She was elected into the Institute of Medicine in 2008. 

M.D., University of Iowa