Peter Hotez, MD, PhD

Science Policy Panel

Job Title: Professor and Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine

Current Employer: Baylor College of Medicine


  • Postdoctoral fellowship in Molecular Parasitology and Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT (1991)

  • Residency in Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA (1989)

  • M.D. Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY (1987)

  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Rockefeller University, New York, NY (1986)

  • B.A. in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, Yale University, New Haven, CT (1980)


Dr. Hotez is a pediatrician-scientist who co-leads a group of scientists developing new vaccines for neglected tropical diseases at the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development. His group has developed new vaccines for schistosomiasis and hookworm infection now in clinical trials, with a new Chagas disease vaccine about to enter the clinic.  He also has a career in public engagement, serving previously as US Science Envoy in the Obama Administration for the Middle East and North Africa, while leading global health advocacy efforts around neglected tropical diseases that have resulted in the access to essential medicines for more than one billion people annually.  In parallel, he leads a battle to defend vaccines against a rising antiscience movement.  Beyond scientific papers, and writes single author books, with his fourth book coming in out in 2020 - working title, “Vaccine Diplomacy in an age of War, Political Collapse, Climate Change, and Antiscience” (Johns Hopkins University Press).  Dr. Hotez is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Most useful skill sets acquired from/for your field:

  • How to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds and views in order to advance an agenda of science and advocacy

  • How to develop a voice for change, and solve problems that bridge the science and policy arenas

  • How to be kind to be people in need or distress, and help them through difficult times

  • How to mentor young scientists

What I love most about my job:

Being able to use science to advance humanitarian causes, and getting people to care about health disparities

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