Aug. 14, 2020

Adapting to COVID-19 Risks

Adapting to COVID-19 Risks

With a vaccine still months away, Americans with chronic disease are adapting to life with COVID-19. Dr. Paul Offit returns to discuss the status of a vaccine and living with the risk of infection. Terry and Bob consider school re-openings, and Kate interviews patient advocate Michael Smith on his work with the FDA to expand treatment options for gastroparesis.


Paul Offit, M.D.

Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Infectious Diseases at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

Dr. Paul Offit has worked at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for over 20 years, where he serves as the Director of Infectious Diseases and as a Professor of Pediatrics. He is a recognized expert on vaccines, immunology, and virology. 

Dr. Offit is well known for being the co-creator of the rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq, which was approved for inclusion in the U.S. vaccination schedule in 2006. For his work on the vaccine, he received the Luigi Mastroianni and William Osler Awards from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Charles Mérieux Award from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. He was also honored by Bill and Melinda Gates during the launch of their Foundation’s Living Proof Project for global health.

Dr. Offit has published over 160 papers in medical journals concerning his work on the rotavirus vaccine and overall vaccine safety practices. He also has authored eight books on vaccines and how they are explained to the general public. 

Previously, Dr. Paul Offit has been a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. He is a founding board member of the Autism Science Foundation and a board member of Every Child by Two. 

Dr. Offit earned a B.S. from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, and his M.D. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. 


Terry Wilcox, Executive Director, Patients Rising

Dr. Robert Goldberg, “Dr. Bob”, Co-Founder and Vice President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest.

Kate Pecora, Field Correspondent 


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