William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH - Infectious Disease and Medical Epidemiology
Dr. William Atkinson reviews medical content for Healthwise, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. He has worked in public health his entire professional career, first with the Louisiana State Health Department in New Orleans, and since 1989 with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Atkinson is on the Medical Advisory Board for the Centers for Disease Control; serves as Liaison Member for the Immunization Action Coalition, St. Paul; and is a Commissioned Officer of the United States Public Health Service. Dr. Atkinson is the head of the National Immunization Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
Education and Training
MD: University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, 1977
Resident in Internal Medicine: Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield, CA, 1978–1981
Chief Medical Resident: Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield, CA, 1980–1981
Fellowship in Infectious Disease: University of California Irvine Medical Center, Irvine, CA, 1981–1983
Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer: Centers for Disease Control Division of Field Services, New Orleans, LA, 1983–1985
General Preventive Medicine Residency: School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 1983–1986
Masters of Public Health: Epidemiology School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 1986
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA:
- Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Department of Epidemiology, 1989–present
- Graduate school faculty, 1988–1989
- Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, 1986–1989
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