Stanley A. Plotkin, MD is an Emeritus Professor of the Wistar Institute at the University of Pennsylvania and a consultant to Sanofi Pasteur. He was responsible for the development of the rubella vaccine, which is now used worldwide and has worked extensively on the development and application of other vaccines including polio, rabies, varicella, rotavirus and cytomegalovirus. Dr. Plotkin is an author of more than 600 articles, and edited several books, including the textbook Vaccines, 6th Edition.
During his illustrious career, Dr. Plotkin has served as senior assistant surgeon with the Epidemic Intelligence Service, U.S. Public Health Service; director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; associate chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania; medical and scientific director of Aventis Pasteur; and executive advisor to Sanofi Pasteur. Dr. Plotkin has been recognized for his work in the field with the Sabin Foundation Medal, the French Legion Medal of Honor, the Clinical Virology Award of the Pan American Group for Rapid Viral Diagnosis, the Distinguished Physician Award of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society, and the Bruce Medal of the American College of Physicians.