The World Health Organization
Dr. Roland Sutter, born in Switzerland, received his medical and public health education and training in Switzerland and the United States. From 1980 to 1987, he worked for refugees in Asia, an experience had a profound influence in directing him into a public health career. From 1987 to 2001, Dr. Sutter worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, focusing on the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases, and especially on polio eradication. His last position at CDC was his role as chief of the Polio Eradication Branch, the CDC's organizational home for polio eradication activities.
Since the beginning of 2002, Dr. Sutter is working as the coordinator of the Research and Product Development Team for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, focusing primarily on issues affecting the pre- and post-eradication era. Dr. Sutter has published extensively on polio, diphtheria, and tetanus, including more than 90 publications in peer-reviewed journals, more than 30 book chapters, and numerous other reports in CDC's Mortality Morbidity Weekly Report (MMWR) and WHO's Weekly Epidemiologic Record (WER).
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