Dr. Orenstein is an infectious disease and vaccine expert and serves as associate director of the Emory Vaccine Center. He worked with the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the eradication of smallpox, and he has been integrally involved in the effort to eradicate polio. Dr. Orenstein worked at the CDC for 26 years and between 1988 and 2004, was Director of the United States Immunization Program. He was also an Assistant Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service. Between 2008 and 2011, he was Deputy Director for Immunization Programs at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with a primary focus on polio eradication. He co-edits, Vaccines 6th edition, the standard textbook in the field of vaccinology. He is a member of the World Health Organization's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization Polio Working Group.
Member of the National Academy of Medicine