April 28, 2017

Dr. Chip Walter Receives Award from CDC

The CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award, given jointly by the CDC Foundation and CDC, honors individuals who are doing an exemplary job or going above and beyond to promote childhood immunizations in their communities.

Emmanuel Benjamin Walter, Jr., MD, MPH
Professor of Pediatrics
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC

Dr. Emmanuel Walter's passion for vaccines started with his interest in pediatrics when he was in medical school. He has dedicated his career to researching vaccines and ensuring that parents and clinicians are well informed about vaccine preventable diseases.

In addition to serving as a Professor of Pediatrics, Dr. Walter is the Director of the Clinical Vaccine Unit at Duke's Human Vaccine Institute. He serves on the North Carolina Immunization Advisory Committee and is a subject matter expert for the state immunization program. He is also a current member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Dr. Walter has authored dozens of academic articles on vaccine research, from the initial stages of early research, clinical development, and regulatory approval.

Dr. Walter remains an active clinician, caring for pediatric patients at the Roxboro Street Primary Care Clinic, Duke Children's Primary Care Practice, and Durham Regional Hospital. Dr. Walter explains, "I can tell you in the 25 years that I have done well visits I always considered giving vaccines to be the crown jewel of every encounter" and that "I was continually reassured that I had something really valuable to offer the parent and child at the end of their visit."

For his commitment to vaccine research and pediatric care, Dr. Walter is North Carolina's 2017 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion!