Bruce Gellin, MD, MPH

Center Affiliate

Dr. Bruce Gellin is President of Global Immunization at the Sabin Vaccine Institute in Washington, DC. In this role, Dr. Gellin oversees Sabin’s mission to make vaccines more accessible, enable innovation and expand immunization across the globe. With a focus on low- and middle-income countries, this work helps countries make evidence-based decisions about vaccine introduction and implementation and strengthens policy, financing and political will for country ownership of immunization.

Before joining Sabin, Dr. Gellin served as the US Department of Health and Human Services as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Director, National Vaccine Program Office within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health. NVPO was created by Congress to provide leadership and coordination among Federal agencies and other immunization stakeholders, including states and municipalities, health care providers, and private-sector entities such as vaccine manufacturers.

Dr. Gellin has had broad experience in public health aspects of infectious diseases and has held positions at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Rockefeller Foundation, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. In addition, was the founder and executive director of the National Network for Immunization Information, an organization he founded to be a resource of up-to-date, authoritative information about vaccines and immunizations.  He has been a regular consultant to the World Health Organization. He currently has faculty appointments at Georgetown University School of Medicine and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. 

Dr. Gellin is a graduate of the University of North Carolina (Morehead Scholar), Cornell University Medical College, and the Columbia University School of Public Health, is an infectious disease expert with training in epidemiology. He has written extensively about public health aspects of infectious diseases in medical and non-medical texts and the peer-reviewed medical literature and also served as a medical advisor to Encyclopedia Britannica.