Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD

Dean, National School of Tropical Meidicne, Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology and Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD is Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine. He is also the Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics and the President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute. Dr. Hotez is internationally-recognized as a physician-scientist in neglected tropical diseases and vaccine development. He leads the only product development partnership for developing new vaccines for hookworm infection, schistosomiasis, and Chagas disease, and SARS/MERS, diseases affecting hundreds of millions of children adults worldwide. In 2006 at the Clinton Global Initiative he co-founded the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Disease to provide access to essential medicines for hundreds of millions of people. He obtained his undergraduate degree in molecular biophysics from Yale University in 1980 (phi beta kappa), follow by a PhD degree in biochemistry from Rockefeller University in 1986, and an MD from Weil Cornell Medical College in 1987. Dr. Hotez has authored more than 400 original papers and is the author of the acclaimed Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases (ASM Press). Dr. Hotez served previously as President of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and he is founding Editor-in-Chief of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine – IOM), and in 2011 he was awarded the Abraham Horwitz Award for Excellence in Leadership in Inter-American Health by the Pan American Health Organization of the WHO. In 2015 the White House and U.S. State Department selected Dr. Hotez as a United States Science Envoy.