Director, Mayo Vaccine Research Group, Mayo Clinic and Foundation
Dr. Gregory Poland is the Director of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group–a state-of-the-art research group and laboratory that investigates issues surrounding vaccine response and novel vaccines important to public health. Dr. Poland is a Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases and Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, the Associate Chair for Research for the Department of Medicine, the Director of the Immunization Clinic and the Director of the Program in Translational Immunovirology and Biodefense at Mayo Clinic. He also serves as the President of the International Society for Vaccines and the American Editor for the journal Vaccine.
In March 2005, Dr. Poland was elected as the President of the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board. He was appointed as the Mary Lowell Leary Professor in Medicine (the highest academic distinction for a faculty member) by Mayo Clinic’s Board of Trustees. In May 2003, he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. Since 2004, Dr. Poland has also served on the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Taskforce on Pandemic Influenza. In 2000, he was appointed as the American Editor for the prestigious medical journal Vaccine. In 1998, he received a joint award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Care Financing Administration for his contribution to increasing adult immunization rates in the U.S. which was awarded by the Surgeon General of the United States. Also of major significance, in 1997, he was honored as the “Outstanding Clinical Investigator of the Year” by Mayo Clinic.
Additionally, Dr. Poland participates on many national and academic review committees and actively peer-reviews journal articles for over 26 different publications such as The Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine and New England Journal of Medicine. A prolific writer, Dr. Poland has published over 160 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters.
Dr. Poland received his medical degree from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois, and completed his residency and advanced post-graduate work at the University of Minnesota/Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN.