Arnold S. Monto, MD is the Thomas Francis Jr. Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology. The focus of his work has been the epidemiology, prevention and treatment of acute infections in the individual and the community. Respiratory infections, in particular influenza, have been a major interest. He has worked on these issues in tropical as well as temperate regions. He led the studies of respiratory infection in Tecumseh, MI, a landmark study of infection in the community, and is now updating these observations in Michigan households with children.
Dr. Monto is has been involved in assessing the efficacy of various types of influenza vaccines in prophylaxis and antivirals in prophylaxis and therapy of influenza. He now heads observational studies of effectiveness of influenza vaccines in various settings. These investigations have raised questions about the role of repeat vaccination on influenza prevention. His recent activities have also included evaluation of face masks and hand hygiene in the control of influenza transmission and determination of efficacy of the traditional inactivated and live attenuated influenza vaccines.
He has been a member of the National Allergy and Infectious Disease Advisory Council of the US National Institutes of Health. He is a past president of the American Epidemiological Society, the 2009 recipient of the Alexander Fleming Award of the Infectious Diseases Society of America for lifetime achievement and the 2012 recipient of the Charles Merieux award of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. He was a member of the Emergency Committee making recommendations to the World Health Organization during the last influenza pandemic and is now a member of the Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee of the FDA.