Advancing the Vaccine Law Dialogue

Pre-conference: September 13 Washington, D.C.

Peter Hotez, MD, PhD

Peter Hotez, MD, PhD

Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine, Co-director of the Texas Children’s Center for Vaccine Development (CVD) and Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics. Author of “The Deadly Rise of Anti-Science – A Scientist’s Warning.”


Peter Hotez MD PhD DSc (hon) is a vaccine scientist, biochemist, and pediatrician who has led or co-led the development of vaccines for parasitic infections – hookworm, schistosomiasis, Chagas disease – currently in clinical trials, and several coronavirus vaccines, including two low-cost COVID vaccines for global health so far administered to 100 million children and adults in India and Indonesia.

He is also a vaccine advocate and science explainer who has authored several single-authored books with Johns Hopkins University Press, including Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism, Preventing the Next Pandemic, and The Deadly Rise of Anti-science. Dr. Hotez obtained his B.A. (phi beta kappa) from Yale University, his M.D. from Weill Cornell Medical College, and Ph.D. from Rockefeller University.

He obtained his pediatric residency and fellowship training from Massachusetts General Hospital and Yale University School of Medicine. Prof. Hotez is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received numerous awards. They include the Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award from AAAS, the Scientific Achievement Award from the AMA, and the David E Rogers Award from the AAMC, as well as several honorary doctors of science degrees.

Prof. Hotez served as US Science Envoy in the Obama Administration in 2015-16 and he appears frequently on national media to explain pandemics.