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Johns Hopkins Alumnus Harry Hull Honored for Impact on Global Fight Against Infectious Diseases - 05/31/2012

Johns Hopkins Alumnus Harry Hull Honored for Impact on Global Fight Against Infectious Diseases

Release Date: May 31, 2012

The Johns Hopkins Alumni Association has bestowed its Woodrow Wilson Award to Harry Hull, M.D., a 1973 graduate of The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

The award is given once every two years to a distinguished alumnus or alumna for their contributions to public service as an elected or appointed official.

Hull’s work has focused on reducing the toll of infectious diseases both in the United States and abroad. A renowned world expert in public health and epidemiology, Hull has fought infectious diseases on many fronts, regionally, domestically and internationally.

“Dr. Hull’s expertise and dedication have made a tangible impact on the public health of various parts of the nation and the world,” says Edward Miller, M.D., dean of medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, who also nominated Hull for this honor. “His life’s work has been dedicated to global health efforts, and we believe his accomplished career is certainly deserving of recognition by his alma mater, Johns Hopkins.”

Hull’s international accomplishments include working toward the eradication of smallpox in Bangladesh, the development of immunization programs in Africa and directing the Global Polio Eradication Initiative at the World Health Organization (WHO).

Domestically, Hull served as an epidemic intelligence officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the state epidemiologist for the New Mexico Department of Health from 1984 to 1989 and the Minnesota Department of Health from 2000 to 2006. 

Some of Hull’s other career highlights include the successful control of bubonic plague outbreaks, uncovering a widespread problem with contaminated body parts used for transplantation and numerous investigations of E. coli and salmonella outbreaks. Hull also led Minnesota’s efforts to prepare for bioterrorism and pandemic influenza.

Hull is an adjunct professor of infectious disease epidemiology at University of Minnesota School of Public Health and adjunct professor of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

He is currently president of H.F. Hull & Associates, a consulting firm focused on infectious disease epidemiology.

After graduating from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1973, Hull completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Washington, Seattle, and University of Arizona, Tucson.

Hull was member of the U.S. Public Health Service Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices where he chaired the anthrax and rabies working groups and served on the HPV, hepatitis and flu groups. Hull was a member of the CDC expert committee on rubella eradication in the United States.

He is former president of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, past president of the New Mexico division of the American Cancer Society and former chairman of the New Mexico Committee on the Public Health Impact of Smoking.

Hull is considered a worldwide expert on immunization practices. He recently taught a course on adverse events associated with vaccination for the National Institutes of Health in Japan and moderated a WHO workshop on H1N1 flu vaccination strategies for 32 countries.

He has lectured on disease eradication in France, investigated a polio outbreak in Iran and wrote a proposal for establishing an AIDS program in Swaziland.

In addition, Hull completed projects on infectious disease surveillance for the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists and the Florida Department of Health. Other recent assignments include developing a toolkit on influenza vaccination strategies for the National Association of County and City Health Officials and leading a work group on improving immunization rates in Kansas for the Kansas Health Institute.

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