Donald A. Henderson, MD, MPH
Professor, Department of Medicine - School of Medicine and Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology - Graduate School of Public Health (Secondary Appointment)
The Pier IV Building
Baltimore, MD 21202
AB, Oberlin College, 1950
MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine, 1954
MPH, The John Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, 1960
Donald A. Henderson, MD, MPH, is presently a Resident Scholar at the Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The Center for Biosecurity was originally founded in 1998 as the Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. The Center was established to increase national and international awareness of the medical and public health threats posed by biological weapons. Immediately after the 9/11 attack, Dr. Henderson was appointed as the government's first Director of the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness. He continues to serve as the senior science advisor to Secretary Thompson of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Dr. Henderson is a Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Service Professor and dean emeritus of the School, with appointments in the departments of Epidemiology and International Health at the School. He is also Professor of Medicine and Public Health of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He rejoined the Hopkins faculty in June 1995 after five years of federal government service in which he served initially as Associate Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President (1991-1993), and later as deputy assistant secretary and senior science advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services.
From 1977 through August 1990, Dr. Henderson was dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He came to Hopkins after directing the World Health Organization's global smallpox eradication campaign (1966-1977). Dr. Henderson was instrumental in initiating WHO's global program of immunization, which has vaccinated 80 percent of the world's children against six major diseases and has as a goal the eradication of poliomyelitis.
Henderson, DA, Fenner F (2001) Recent events and observations pertaining to smallpox virus destruction in 2000. J. Clin Inf Dis. 33:1057-1059.
Henderson, DA (2001) Case studies of major eradication efforts. National Academy of Science Press, Washington. Pp. 34-40.
O'Toole T, Henderson DA (2001) A clearly present danger: confronting the threat of bioterrorsim. Harvard International Forum. 23: 49-53.
Henderson DA (2001) Countering the post eradication threat of smallpox and polio eradication. Clin Inf Dis. 34:79-83.
Brookmeyer R, Blades N, Hugh-Jones M, Henderson DA (2001) The statistical analysis of truncated data: application to the Sverlovsk anthrax outbreak. Biostatistics 2:233-247.
Breman JG, Henderson DA (2002) Current Concepts: Smallpox diagnosis and management. New Engl J Med. 346: 1300-1308.
Inglesby TV, O'Toole T, Henderson DA, et al (2002) Anthrax as a biological weapon: Updated recommendations for management. JAMA 287:2236-2252.
Henderson DA, Borio LL, Lane JM (2003) Smallpox and monkeypox. In: Plotkin S & Orenstein W (eds) Vaccines. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Company. pp 123-153.
Henderson DA (2001) Smallpox and monkeys Essentials of Tropical Infections Disease, Philadelphia. 519-524.
Fulginiti VA, Papier A, Lane JM, Neff JM, Henderson DA (2003) Smallpox Vaccination (Vaccinia) A Review: II Adverse Events. Clin Inf Dis 37:251-271.