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Richard K Zimmerman

Professor of Family Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

I have long been interested in influenza vaccine, evidence-based medicine, and what would be the best vaccine policy under various circumstances. This interest has led to serving on the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, first as a liaison and later as a voting member where I chaired the influenza working group. My policy interest has also led service on policy bodies for the AAFP and the IDSA (e.g., influenza antivirals, including during the pandemic). As an extension of my vaccine policy expertise, I have been involved in vaccine modeling, particularly on projects related to influenza and pneumococcal vaccines. I participated in the 2011 NIH Institute on Systems Science and Health. I have served as the PI of federal R01s and U01s and as co-PI on a P01 EXCEED from AHRQ which addressed adult disparities. I have served as the PI on vaccine immunogenicity trials and of a modeling study. I serve as the Pittsburgh PI for the CDC’s multi-center US Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Network which has addressed both the clinical effectiveness as well as the immunogenicity of influenza vaccines. I have authored over 300 publications in the medical literature on vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases.


  • –present
    Professor of Family Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow, Infectious Disease Society of America
  • Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians


Hames Career Research Award